cleanse

[ klenz ]
/ klɛnz /

verb (used with object), cleansed, cleans·ing.

to make clean.
to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul.

verb (used without object), cleansed, cleans·ing.

to become clean.

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Origin of cleanse

before 900; Middle English clensen,Old English clǣnsian, equivalent to clǣneclean + -si- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix

synonym study for cleanse

1. See clean.

OTHER WORDS FROM cleanse

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cleanse

clean, cleanse .
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British Dictionary definitions for cleanse

cleanse
/ (klɛnz) /

verb (tr)

to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
to remove guilt from
to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing

Derived forms of cleanse

cleansable, adjective

Word Origin for cleanse

Old English clǣnsian; related to Middle Low German klēnsen; see clean
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