cleanse

  • 1 cleanse — [klenz] v [T] 1.) to make something completely clean ▪ Use a piece of gauze to cleanse the cut. ▪ The water is cleansed and reused. 2.) to remove everything that is bad or immoral from a person s character, an organization, or a place used… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 2 cleanse — [ klenz ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to clean your skin by using a special liquid or cream: To have perfect skin you must cleanse, tone, and moisturize. a cleansing cream a ) transitive to clean a cut in your skin 2. ) transitive FORMAL …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3 Cleanse — (kl[e^]nz), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cleansed} (kl[e^]nzd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleansing}.] [AS. cl[=ae]nsian, fr. cl[=ae]ne clean. See {Clean}.] To render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection, guilt, etc.; to clean. [1913 Webster] If we walk …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 cleanse — (v.) O.E. clænsian to cleanse, purge, purify, chasten, justify, from W.Gmc. *klainson, from *klainoz (see CLEAN (Cf. clean)). Despite its modern spelling (16c.), it retains its M.E. pronunciation. Related: Cleansed; CLEANSING (Cf. cleansing) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 Cleanse — may refer to: Cleanliness, the state of being clean and free from dirt. Detoxification, an alternative medicine approach that proponents claim rids the body of toxins. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …

    Wikipedia

  • 6 cleanse — index decontaminate, expurgate, purge (purify) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 cleanse — klenz vt, cleansed; cleans·ing to make clean …

    Medical dictionary

  • 8 cleanse — *clean Analogous words: *sterilize, disinfect, sanitize Antonyms: defile, besmirch …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 cleanse — [v] make undirty; wash absolve, clarify, clean, clear, depurgate, disinfect, expurgate, launder, lustrate, purge, purify, refine, restore, rinse, sanitize, scour, scrub, sterilize; concept 165 Ant. dirty, soil, spot …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 cleanse — ► VERB 1) make thoroughly clean. 2) rid of something unpleasant or unwanted. ► NOUN ▪ an act of cleansing. DERIVATIVES cleanser noun cleansing adjective. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 cleanse — [klenz] vt. cleansed, cleansing [ME clensen < OE clænsian < clæne,CLEAN] to make clean, pure, etc.; clean; purge SYN. CLEAN …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 cleanse — [[t]kle̱nz[/t]] cleanses, cleansing, cleansed 1) VERB To cleanse a place, person, or organization of something dirty, unpleasant, or evil means to make them free from it. → See also ethnic cleansing [V n of n] Straight after your last cigarette… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 cleanse — UK [klenz] / US verb Word forms cleanse : present tense I/you/we/they cleanse he/she/it cleanses present participle cleansing past tense cleansed past participle cleansed 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to clean your skin using a special liquid… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 cleanse — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to cleanse of (to cleanse one s thoughts of sin) * * * [klenz] (formal) (D; tr.) to cleanse of (to cleanse one s thoughts of sin) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 cleanse — verb ADVERB ▪ thoroughly ▪ gently PREPOSITION ▪ of ▪ a treatment to cleanse the body of toxins Cleanse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 cleanse — cleansable, adj. /klenz/, v., cleansed, cleansing. v.t. 1. to make clean. 2. to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul. v.i. 3. to become clean. [bef. 900; ME clensen, OE claensian, equiv. to claene CLEAN + si v. suffix + an …

    Universalium

  • 17 cleanse — Synonyms and related words: beatify, bleach, bless, bowdlerize, canonize, clarify, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse away, clear out, consecrate, dedicate, deliver, delouse, depurate, deterge, devote, discharge, disinfect, dry clean, dust, dust …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 cleanse —    1. to free from enemy occupation or sympathizers    The traditional job of the infantry:     ... paramilitary elements trained and drilled in a special school and sent to cleanse (US word) pacified hamlets. (M. McCarthy, 1967)    See also… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 19 cleanse — verb (T) 1 to get rid of any dirt from a wound or from your skin: Use a piece of gauze to cleanse the cut. 2 (+ of/from) biblical to make someone no longer guilty for things they have done wrong …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 cleanse — [[t]klɛnz[/t]] v. cleansed, cleans•ing 1) to make clean 2) to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul[/ex] 3) cvb to practice ethnic cleansing on; purge 4) to become clean • Etymology: bef. 900; ME clensen, OE clǣnsian <… …

    From formal English to slang


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