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"purge" in British English

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purgeverb [T]

uk   /pɜːdʒ/  us   /pɝːdʒ/

purge verb [T] (REMOVE PEOPLE)

to get ​rid of ​people from an ​organization because you do not ​agree with them: Party ​leaders have ​undertaken to purge the ​party ofextremists. Hard-liners are ​expected to be purged from the ​administration.

purge verb [T] (REMOVE EVIL)

to make someone or something ​free of something ​evil or ​harmful: Roman Catholics go to ​confession to purge ​theirsouls/themselves (from/ofsin). The new ​stategovernor has ​promised to purge the ​policeforce ofcorruption.

purgenoun [C]

uk   /pɜːdʒ/  us   /pɝːdʒ/
the ​act of getting ​rid of ​people from an ​organization because you do not ​agree with them: Between 1934 and 1938, Stalin ​mounted a ​massive purge of the ​Communist Party, the ​government and the ​armedforces in the ​Soviet Union.
(Definition of purge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"purge" in American English

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purgeverb [T]

 us   /pɜrdʒ/

purge verb [T] (RID)

to ​rid a ​group or ​organization of ​unwantedpeople: They purged the ​seniorranks of the ​department by ​offering them ​generousretirementpackages.

purge verb [T] (REMOVE)

to ​remove something ​bad or ​wrong: The ​system is ​designed to purge impurities from the city’s ​drinkingwater.
purge
noun [C]  us   /pɜrdʒ/
The purge of ​alleged Communists and progressives had ​started as early as ​April.
(Definition of purge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"purge" in Business English

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purgeverb [T]

uk   us   /pɜːdʒ/
to ​removepeople from an ​organization because you do not want them: purge sth of sth The new ​governor has promised to purge the ​bank of ineffective ​employees.purge sth from sth Following the ​takeover, the ​originalboardmembers were purged from the ​company.
to ​remove something that is not wanted: Our ​practice is to purge all ​email from the ​servers after 60 days.purge sth of sth The sport ​needs to purge itself of ​corruption.

purgenoun [C]

uk   us   /pɜːdʒ/
the ​act of ​removingpeople or things that are not wanted: The new ​managercarried 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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