verb (used with object), cleansed, cleans·ing.
verb (used without object), cleansed, cleans·ing.
Origin of cleanse
Examples from the Web for cleanse
Underneath minimalistic names like Detox and Cleanse, enticing descriptions of the fluid medicine bags help narrow the choices.The I.V. Doc Comes to Your House, Fights Hangovers, and Wins|Abby Haglage|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bucket of water-filled prayers she will use three times to “cleanse away her shame.”
“As a result, doing both exercise and a cleanse can leave you feeling tired, dizzy and nauseous,” she says.
It also put the January “cleanse” into hilarious perspective.
The cleanse, though, leaves out far too many nutritional basics to be safe for the long haul—and for many even the medium haul.The Top 10 Diets of 2013 Are All Useless (Except to Book Publishers)|Kent Sepkowitz|December 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The simplest is water; and water can purify many things; but there are some things which water cannot cleanse.The Preacher and His Models|James Stalker
All this is supposed to cleanse the child and make him a Christian.
Take a pinch of sulphur in the mouth and drink water behind it to cleanse the blood.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
Let the parts alone, and they will cleanse and care for themselves.Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living|H.W. Long
Accordingly we proceeded to cleanse our faces and our feet, and then proceeded to wash one another's feet.
British Dictionary definitions for cleanse
Word Origin for cleanse
Word Origin and History for cleanse
Old English clænsian "to cleanse, purge, purify, chasten, justify," from West Germanic *klainson, from *klainoz (see clean (adj.)). Despite its modern spelling (16c.), it retains its Middle English pronunciation. Related: Cleansed; cleansing.