Dictionary.com

cleanse

[ klenz ]
/ klɛnz /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: cleanse / cleansed / cleansing on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use cleanse in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK