from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cleanse or purify or become cleansed or purified.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove impurities from; to purify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Depurated; cleansed; freed from impurities.
  • transitive v. To free from impurities, heterogeneous matter, or feculence; to purify; to cleanse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To purify; free from impure or heterogeneous matter; clarify; cleanse.
  • [The prefix de- taken as priv.] To render impure.
  • Cleansed; pure: as, “a very depurate oil,”


Medieval Latin dēpūrāre, dēpūrāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin pūrus, pure; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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