cleansing

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From the verb cleanse: (⇒ conjugate)
cleansing is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cleanse /klɛnz/USA pronunciation   v.,  cleansed, cleans•ing. 
  1. to make clean:[+ object]She cleansed the wound with alcohol.
  2. to remove (something) from (something) by or as if by cleaning: [+ object + from + object]to cleanse sin from the soul.[+ object + of + object]to cleanse our souls of sin.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cleanse  (klenz),USA pronunciation v.,  cleansed, cleans•ing. 
v.t. 
  1. to make clean.
  2. to remove by or as if by cleaning:to cleanse sin from the soul.

v.i. 
  1. to become clean.
cleansa•ble, adj. 
  • Middle English clensen, Old English clǣnsian, equivalent. to clǣne clean + -si- verb, verbal suffix + -an infinitive suffix bef. 900
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  clean. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cleanse /klɛnz/ vb (transitive)
  1. to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
  2. to remove guilt from
  3. to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
Etymology: Old English clǣnsian; related to Middle Low German klēnsen; see clean
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