- to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
- to remove guilt from
- to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
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cleanse /klɛnz/USA pronunciation v., cleansed, cleans•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to make clean:[~ + object]She cleansed the wound with alcohol.
- 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.
cleanse (klenz),USA pronunciation v., cleansed, cleans•ing.
- to make clean.
- to remove by or as if by cleaning:to cleanse sin from the soul.
- to become clean.
- 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.
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cleanse /klɛnz/ vb (transitive)
'cleansing' also found in these entries:
Kosovo - Q-Tip - abluent - ablution - abstergent - bath - bathe - borax - brightener - catharsis - cathartic - chloroform - cleanly - cleanse - cleanser - cleansing tissue - cold cream - colonic - detergent - detersive - douche - dry-cleanse - ethnic cleansing - eyebath - facial - facial tissue - flashing - flush - lavage - laver - lotion - mask - mouthwash - oxalic acid - potassium carbonate - purgation - purgative - purgatory - purge - recleanse - scour - skin care - smectic - smegma - soap - soapwort - sodium carbonate - steam bath - swab - tissue