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purse

 (pûrs)
n.
1. A usually closable bag used for carrying keys, a wallet, and other personal items, especially by women; a handbag.
2. A usually closable small bag or pouch for carrying money.
3. Something that resembles a bag or pouch, such as a purse seine.
4. An available amount of money or resources: a project funded by the public purse.
5. A sum of money collected as a present or offered as a prize.
tr.v. pursed, purs·ing, purs·es
To gather or contract (the lips or brow) into wrinkles or folds; pucker.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin bursa; see bursa.]

purse′like′ adj.

purse

(pɜːs)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a small bag or pouch, often made of soft leather, for carrying money, esp coins
2. (Clothing & Fashion) US and Canadian a woman's handbag
3. (Clothing & Fashion) anything resembling a small bag or pouch in form or function
4. (Banking & Finance) wealth; funds
5. (Banking & Finance) a sum of money that is offered, esp as a prize
vb
(Physiology) (tr) to contract (the mouth, lips, etc) into a small rounded shape
[Old English purs, probably from Late Latin bursa bag, ultimately from Greek: leather]

purse

(pɜrs)

n., v. pursed, purs•ing. n.
1. a woman's handbag or pocketbook.
2. a small bag, pouch, or case for carrying money: a change purse.
3. anything resembling a purse in appearance, use, etc.
4. a sum of money offered as a prize or collected as a gift.
5. financial resources; wealth.
v.t.
6. to contract into folds; pucker: to purse one's lips.
7. to put into a purse.
[before 1100; Middle English, Old English purs, b. pusa bag (c. Old Norse posi) and Medieval Latin bursa bag (« Greek býrsa hide, leather)]

purse

In British English, a purse is a small container that a woman carries money in.

I always have my phone, purse, and keys in my handbag.

In American English, this is called a change purse, coin purse, pocketbook, or wallet.

Eva searched her change purse and found fifty cents.

The word wallet is also used in British English, but only to refer to a container that a man carries money in.

Dad opened his wallet and gave me a ten pound note.

In American English, a purse is a woman's handbag.

She reached in her purse for her diary.

purse


Past participle: pursed
Gerund: pursing

Imperative
purse
purse
Present
I purse
you purse
he/she/it purses
we purse
you purse
they purse
Preterite
I pursed
you pursed
he/she/it pursed
we pursed
you pursed
they pursed
Present Continuous
I am pursing
you are pursing
he/she/it is pursing
we are pursing
you are pursing
they are pursing
Present Perfect
I have pursed
you have pursed
he/she/it has pursed
we have pursed
you have pursed
they have pursed
Past Continuous
I was pursing
you were pursing
he/she/it was pursing
we were pursing
you were pursing
they were pursing
Past Perfect
I had pursed
you had pursed
he/she/it had pursed
we had pursed
you had pursed
they had pursed
Future
I will purse
you will purse
he/she/it will purse
we will purse
you will purse
they will purse
Future Perfect
I will have pursed
you will have pursed
he/she/it will have pursed
we will have pursed
you will have pursed
they will have pursed
Future Continuous
I will be pursing
you will be pursing
he/she/it will be pursing
we will be pursing
you will be pursing
they will be pursing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pursing
you have been pursing
he/she/it has been pursing
we have been pursing
you have been pursing
they have been pursing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pursing
you will have been pursing
he/she/it will have been pursing
we will have been pursing
you will have been pursing
they will have been pursing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pursing
you had been pursing
he/she/it had been pursing
we had been pursing
you had been pursing
they had been pursing
Conditional
I would purse
you would purse
he/she/it would purse
we would purse
you would purse
they would purse
Past Conditional
I would have pursed
you would have pursed
he/she/it would have pursed
we would have pursed
you would have pursed
they would have pursed

purse

Prize money for the boxers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purse - a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)purse - a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb"
clasp - a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
clutch bag, clutch - a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
etui - small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles
evening bag - a handbag used with evening wear
reticule - a woman's drawstring handbag; usually made of net or beading or brocade; used in 18th and 19th centuries
shoulder bag - a large handbag that can be carried by a strap looped over the shoulder
2.purse - a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse; "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money - a quantity of money; "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
3.purse - a small bag for carrying money
bag - a flexible container with a single opening; "he stuffed his laundry into a large bag"
purse string - a drawstring used to close the mouth of a purse
4.purse - a sum of money offered as a prize; "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money - a quantity of money; "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
Verb1.purse - contract one's lips into a rounded shape
round off, round, round out - make round; "round the edges"
pooch, pooch out - round one's lips as if intending to kiss
2.purse - gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse ones's lips"
contract - make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"

purse

noun
1. pouch, wallet, money-bag I dug the money out of my purse.
2. (U.S.) handbag, bag, shoulder bag, pocket book, clutch bag She reached into her purse for her cigarettes.
3. funds, means, money, resources, treasury, wealth, exchequer, coffers, wherewithal The money will go into the public purse, helping to lower taxes.
4. prize, winnings, award, gift, reward She is tipped to win the biggest purse in women's pro volleyball history.
verb
1. pucker, close, contract, tighten, knit, wrinkle, pout, press together She pursed her lips in disapproval.
Translations
جِزْدَانجُزْدان، حَقيبَة يَدمِحْفَظَة نُقوديَزِمُّ شَفَتَيْه، يُقْفِلُ بِشِدَّه
peněženkakabelkasevřít
håndtaskepung
monujo
käekottkukkurrahakott
kukkarorahapussikäsilaukku
novčanik
női kézitáska
buddahandtaskaherpa varirnar
財布
지갑
iždininkasrankinėsučiaupti
naudas makssakniebt
denarnica
portmonnä
ถุงเงิน
cüzdanel çantasıpara çantasıbüzmek

purse

[pɜːs]
A. N
1. (Brit) (for money) → monedero m
a well-lined purseuna bolsa llena
it is beyond my pursemis recursos no llegan a tanto, está fuera de mi alcance
to hold the purse stringsadministrar el dinero
see also public A1
see also silk C
2. (US) (= handbag) → bolso m, cartera f (LAm)
3. (= sum of money as prize) → premio m en metálico
B. VT to purse one's lipsfruncir los labios
C. CPD purse snatcher N (US) → carterista mf

purse

[ˈpɜːrs]
n
(British) (for money)porte-monnaie m inv
(US) (= handbag) → sac m, sac m à main
(= prize money) (in sport, contest) with a purse of → avec une bourse de
vt
to purse one's lips → retrousser les lèvres

purse

n
(for money) → Portemonnaie nt, → Geldbeutel m (dial), → Geldbörse f (form); to hold the purse strings (Brit fig) → über die Finanzen bestimmen, die Finanzen in der Hand haben; the government decided to loosen the purse strings for defencedie Regierung beschloss, mehr Geld für die Verteidigung auszugeben; her husband spent too much, so she decided to tighten the purse stringsihr Mann gab zu viel Geld aus, also beschloss sie, ihn kurzzuhalten
(US: = handbag) → Handtasche f
(= funds)Gelder pl; that’s beyond my pursedas übersteigt meine Finanzen (inf) ? public purse
(= sum of money) (as prize) → Preisgeld nt; (as gift) (to widow, refugee etc) → (Geld)spende f; (on retirement) → Geldgeschenk nt
vt to purse one’s lips/mouth (up)einen Schmollmund machen

purse

[pɜːs]
1. n (for money) → borsellino, portamonete m inv (Am) (handbag) → borsetta, borsa (esp Sport) (prize) → montepremi m inv
2. vt to purse one's lipsincrespare le labbra

purse

(pəːs) noun
1. a small bag for carrying money. I looked in my purse for some change.
2. (American) a handbag.
verb
to close (the lips) tightly. She pursed her lips in anger.
ˈpurser noun
the officer in charge of a ship's money, supplies etc.

purse

جِزْدَان peněženka håndtaske Geldbeutel πορτοφόλι monedero kukkaro porte-monnaie novčanik borsellino 財布 지갑 portemonnee pung portfel carteira кошелек portmonnä ถุงเงิน cüzdan 钱包

purse

vt (one’s lips) fruncir (los labios)
References in classic literature ?
The first-cabin passengers, who made up a purse for the woman, took an embarrassing interest in Otto, and often enquired of him about his charge.
There was still money in her purse, and her next temptation presented itself in the shape of a matinee poster.
Nor was it out of keeping with the general coarseness and matter-of-fact character of the age, that the son should be willing to earn an honest penny, or, rather, a weighty amount of sterling pounds, from the purse of his father's deadly enemy.
Some years ago--never mind how long precisely --having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
Tis a speculation," said the old gentleman, shaking his head, but at the same time slowly drawing out his purse, "quite a speculation
Jurgis," she said, "I'd help you if I could, upon my word I would, but it happens that I've come out without my purse, and I honestly haven't a penny with me: I can do something better for you, though--I can tell you how to get help.
Shut the door and blindfold the doctor tight and fast, and make him swear to be silent as the grave, and put a purse full of gold in his hand, and then take and lead him all around the back alleys and everywheres in the dark, and then fetch him here in the canoe, in a roundabout way amongst the islands, and search him and take his chalk away from him, and don't give it back to him till you get him back to the village, or else he will chalk this raft so he can find it again.
The officers were full of sympathy for her in her trouble, and made up a little purse for her.
Whenever the wheels sank farther than usual into a rut, or jolted suddenly over a stone, she bounded involuntarily into the air, came down again, pushed back her funny little straw hat, and picked up or settled more firmly a small pink sun shade, which seemed to be her chief responsibility, --unless we except a bead purse, into which she looked whenever the condition of the roads would permit, finding great apparent satisfaction in that its precious contents neither disappeared nor grew less.
I could see no reason why I should, at the end of each week, pour the reward of my toil into the purse of my master.
Emma was very compassionate; and the distresses of the poor were as sure of relief from her personal attention and kindness, her counsel and her patience, as from her purse.
He so frequently talked of the increasing expenses of housekeeping, and of the perpetual demands upon his purse, which a man of any consequence in the world was beyond calculation exposed to, that he seemed rather to stand in need of more money himself than to have any design of giving money away.