Definition of cleanse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cleanse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//klenz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klenz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cleanse
    BrE BrE//klenz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klenz//
     
    he / she / it cleanses
    BrE BrE//ˈklenzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklenzɪz//
     
    past simple cleansed
    BrE BrE//klenzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klenzd//
     
    past participle cleansed
    BrE BrE//klenzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klenzd//
     
    -ing form cleansing
    BrE BrE//ˈklenzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklenzɪŋ//
     
    Medical equipment
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] cleanse (something) to clean your skin or a wound a cleansing cream The wound was then cleansed and dressed. a lotion to cleanse the face/skin Synonymscleanwash rinse cleanse dry-cleanThese words all mean to remove dirt from something, especially by using water and/​or soap.clean to remove dirt or dust from something, especially by using water or chemicals:The villa is cleaned twice a week. Have you cleaned your teeth? This coat is filthy. I’ll have it cleaned (= dry-cleaned).wash to remove dirt from something using water and usually soap:He quickly washed his hands and face. These jeans need washing.rinse to remove dirt, etc. from something using clean water only, not soap; to remove the soap from something with clean water after washing it:Make sure you rinse all the soap out.cleanse to clean your skin or a wound.dry-clean to clean clothes using chemicals instead of water.Patterns to clean/​wash/​rinse/​cleanse something in/​with something to clean/​wash/​rinse something from something to clean/​wash/​cleanse a wound to clean/​wash the car/​floor to wash/​rinse your hair to have something cleaned/​washed/​dry-cleaned See related entries: Medical equipment
  2. 2[transitive] cleanse somebody (of/from something) (literary) to take away somebody’s guilty feelings or sin She felt cleansed of her sins after confession.
  3. see also ethnic cleansing
    Word Origin Old English clǣnsian (verb), from clǣne, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German klein ‘small’.
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