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pure
also: purer Pronunciation: /ˈpjʊrər/, /ˈpjʊərə(r)/, purest Pronunciation: /ˈpjʊrəst/, /ˈpjʊərɪst/
American English: /pjʊr/
British English: /pjʊə/

Translation of pure in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 1.1 (unmixed)
    (gold/alcohol/wool)
    Example sentences
    • All of these markets have exacting requirements for pure uncontaminated raw material.
    • The Hantex showroom has a big collection of kasavu saris, dhotis, furnishing materials as well as pure cotton products at affordable prices.
    • This tactile, sensual experience was made more poignant by the knowledge that these substances were pure, unalloyed, irreducible.
    1.2 (absolute) (before noun)
    (pleasure/nonsense/chance)
    it was pure accident that …
    fue por pura casualidad que …
    it's negligence pure and simple
    se trata de negligencia, lisa or simple y llanamente
    Example sentences
    • And what he saw to his sheer amazement was pure anger.
    • Two escapees once stumbled upon the oasis by a sheer chance and pure luck, thus becoming the parents of the somber population.
    • It's way more punk, way more lyrical, but more than all, it's rooted in despair and sheer rage and pure joy in celebrating humanity.
    1.3 (not applied) (before noun)
    (science/mathematics)
    Example sentences
    • I believe in both the pure research & practical application of encryption theory.
    • It was a platform both for engineering and systems development studies and for pure scientific research.
    • I tend to think that the separation of application and pure research is the hallmark of poor ethics.
  • 2 2.1 (clean)
    (air/water)
    2.2 (morally)
    Example sentences
    • From this standpoint, rural people and their culture represent a negation of everything that is wholesome and pure about nature.
    • Though he was not stupid, nor naïve, I told myself that he was like a child, ears, heart and mind pure and untainted with the thought of bloodshed and abuse.
    • Children are just the best thing there ever can be, the essence of innocence, their pure little hearts and minds not yet infected by our corrupt cold world.
    2.3 (esthetically)
    (style/diction/taste)
    Example sentences
    • Valerie and Noel Trezise will offer you a wide range of pure sweet natural honey free of additives or preservatives.
    • He fought tenaciously for pure water, clean air, and the free use of condoms on the NHS.
    • Where is the crystal clear, pure, unpolluted water that once characterized the river as well as most shallow wells in the area?

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