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purge

verb [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 of extremists. Hard-liners are expected to be purged from the administration.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere

purge verb [T] (REMOVE EVIL)

to make someone or something free of something evil or harmful: Roman Catholics go to confession to purge their souls/themselves (from/of sin). The new state governor has promised to purge the police force of corruption.Correcting and mendingEditing and compiling

purge

noun [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 armed forces in the Soviet Union.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
(Definition of purge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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