What does cleanse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cleanse, cleanverb

    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

    "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"

  2. cleanseverb

    purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins

    "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"


  1. cleanseverb

    To free from dirt; to clean, purify.

  2. cleanseverb

    To spiritually purify; to free from sin or guilt; to purge.

  3. Etymology: From clænsian, from West klainisōnan, from klainiz

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Cleanseverb

    Etymology: clænsian, Saxon.

    Cleanse the pale corps with a religious hand,
    From the polluting weed and common sand. Matthew Prior.

    The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil. Prov. xx. 30.

    Not all her od’rous tears can cleanse her crime,
    The plant alone deforms the happy clime. John Dryden, Ovid.

    Can’st thou not minister to a mind diseas’d,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote,
    Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This oil, combined with its own salt and sugar, makes it saponaceous and cleansing, by which quality it often helps digestion, and excites appetite. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded. Mark i. 44.

    This river the Jews proffered the pope to cleanse, so they might have what they found. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cleanseverb

    to render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection, guilt, etc.; to clean

  2. Etymology: [AS. clnsian, fr. clne clean. See Clean.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cleanse

    klenz, v.t. to make clean or pure.—adj. Cleans′able.—ns. Cleans′er, one who, or that which, cleanses; Cleans′ing, purification.

Editors Contribution

  1. cleanse

    To clean

    My sister uses a specific lotion to cleanse her face every night before she goes to bed, it smells beautiful.

    Submitted by anonymous on April 25, 2016  

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  1. elances

  2. enlaces

  3. enscale

  4. scalene

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleanse in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleanse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cleanse in a Sentence

  1. Greg Valliere:

    Of course they want to be on the winning side, but I think there's almost a sense of shame over getting in bed with Trump. If business wants to take a shower and cleanse themselves, I'll happily focus on this change of attitude rather than any self-serving motives.

  2. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We will not only cleanse the cities of terrorists but, through urban regeneration, (eliminate) conditions that have allowed them to act.

  3. Ismet Sheik Hassan:

    Yes there is a willingness to enter Raqqa because we want to cleanse all of Syria. We want to get rid of all of ISIS. We have sworn anywhere that there is ISIS, we must get rid of them for the sake of a free, democratic and plural Syria.

  4. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Russia is trying to make ethnic cleansing in northern Latakia to force all Turkmen and Sunni population who do not have good relations with the regime, they want to expel them, they want to ethnically cleanse this area so that regime and Russian bases in Latakia and Tartus are protected.

  5. Mona Gohara:

    The wrong cleanser can wreck your skin, if you use a standard soap — a cleanser that has a basic pH — it strips the skin of natural oils and compromises the skin barrier, leading to irritation and dry, lackluster skin. Using a mild, pH-neutral nonsoap cleanser helps moisturize while you cleanse and deposits skin-identical lipids back into the skin.

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    • A. transition
    • B. purse
    • C. aspiration
    • D. bowel

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