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English definition of “pure”

pure

adjective
 
 
/pjʊər/
NOT MIXED B1 A pure substance is not mixed with anything else: pure gold pure woolUnspoiltPerfect and faultless
EMPHASIS [always before noun] B2 used to emphasize that a feeling, quality, or state is completely and only that thing: pure coincidence Her face had a look of pure delight.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
CLEAN B1 clean and healthy: pure air/water UnspoiltPerfect and faultlessClean and tidy
pure mathematics/physics, etc the study of mathematics/physics, etc based only on ideas and not on practical useSubjects and disciplines
GOOD completely good and not having any bad qualities or bad moralsUnspoiltPerfect and faultlessVirtue and moral good
(Definition of pure from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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