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English definition of “purge”


noun [C]     /pɜːdʒ/
the act of removing people or things that are not wanted : The new manager carried out a purge of all employees who had opposed the takeover I don't need all these emails – I'm going to do a purge on my inbox .
(Definition of purge noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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