Definition of “purge” - English Dictionary

“purge” in British English

See all translations

purgeverb [ T ]

uk /pɜːdʒ/ us /pɝːdʒ/

purgenoun [ C ]

uk /pɜːdʒ/ us /pɝːdʒ/

(Definition of “purge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“purge” in American English

See all translations

purgeverb [ T ]

us /pɜrdʒ/

purge verb [ T ] (RID)

purge verb [ T ] (REMOVE)

to remove something bad or wrong:

The system is designed to purge impurities from the city’s drinking water.
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

See all translations

purgeverb [ T ]

uk /pɜːdʒ/ us

to remove people 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 original board members 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 /pɜːdʒ/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)