Definition of pure adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pjʊr//
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrər//
    , purest
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪst//
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    not mixed
  1. 1  [usually before noun] not mixed with anything else; with nothing added pure gold/silk, etc. These shirts are 100% pure cotton. Classical dance in its purest form requires symmetry and balance. One movie is classified as pure art, the other as entertainment.
  2. clean
  3. 2  clean and not containing any harmful substances a bottle of pure water The air was sweet and pure. opposite impure
  4. complete
  5. 3  [only before noun] complete and total They met by pure chance. She laughed with pure joy. These reports are pure speculation (= there is no evidence that they are true).
  6. colour/sound/light
  7. 4  very clear; perfect beaches of pure white sand a pure voice
  8. morally good
  9. 5without evil thoughts or actions, especially sexual ones; morally good to lead a pure life His motives were pure. (literary) to be pure in body and mind opposite impure
  10. subject you study
  11. 6[only before noun] concerned with increasing knowledge of the subject rather than with using knowledge in practical ways pure mathematics technology as opposed to pure science subjects compare applied
  12. breed/race
  13. 7not mixed with any other breed or race, etc. These cattle are one of the purest breeds in Britain. see also pure-bred, purify, purity
  14. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French pur ‘pure’, from Latin purus.Extra examples The horse was almost pure white in colour. The metal needs to be very pure. The water here is absolutely pure. a voice which sounded pure and clear Classical dance in its purest form requires symmetry and balance. Devotees strive to become pure in body and mind. He insisted that his motives were pure. It was a pure accident. I’m not blaming anybody. Much of the population still does not have access to pure drinking water. The man wants revenge, pure and simple. The mountain air was sweet and pure. The nuns here live a quiet and pure life.Idioms used after the noun that it refers to in order to emphasize that there is nothing but the thing you have just mentioned involved in something It's laziness, pure and simple.
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