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English definition of “purse”

purse

noun [C]  /pɜrs/ us  

purse noun [C] (BAG)

a bag, often with a handle or a strap going over the shoulder, used esp. by women for carrying money, keys, and small personal items such as makeup; a pocketbook

purse noun [C] (AMOUNT OF MONEY)

an amount of money offered as a prize in a sporting competition, or the total amount of money available for spending: Yesterday’s race had a purse worth over $100,000.

purse

verb [T]  /pɜrs/ us  

purse verb [T] (MOVE LIPS)

to bring your lips tightly together so that they form a rounded shape: She pursed her lips and said nothing.
(Definition of purse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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