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cleanse

 (klĕnz)
tr.v. cleansed, cleans·ing, cleans·es
1.
a. To free from dirt, contamination, or impurities: cleansed the wound.
b. To treat (the body or an organ) with a regimen intended to remove impurities and promote health: drank vegetable juice for a week to cleanse her digestive system.
2. To purify morally or spiritually: cleanse the organization of corruption; cleansed of sin.
3. To subject to ethnic cleansing.
n.
An act of cleansing: a cleanse of the digestive system.
Idiom:
cleanse the/one's palate
To clear the mouth of strong flavors: served sherbet between courses to cleanse the palate.

[Middle English clensen, from Old English clǣnsian, from clǣne, pure, clean.]

cleanse

(klɛnz)
vb (tr)
1. to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
2. to remove guilt from
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
4. to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
[Old English clǣnsian; related to Middle Low German klēnsen; see clean]
ˈcleansable adj

cleanse

(klɛnz)

v. cleansed, cleans•ing. v.t.
1. to make clean.
2. to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul.
3. to practice ethnic cleansing on; purge.
v.i.
4. to become clean.
[before 900; Middle English clensen, Old English clǣnsian <clǣne clean]
cleans′a•ble, adj.

cleanse


Past participle: cleansed
Gerund: cleansing

Imperative
cleanse
cleanse
Present
I cleanse
you cleanse
he/she/it cleanses
we cleanse
you cleanse
they cleanse
Preterite
I cleansed
you cleansed
he/she/it cleansed
we cleansed
you cleansed
they cleansed
Present Continuous
I am cleansing
you are cleansing
he/she/it is cleansing
we are cleansing
you are cleansing
they are cleansing
Present Perfect
I have cleansed
you have cleansed
he/she/it has cleansed
we have cleansed
you have cleansed
they have cleansed
Past Continuous
I was cleansing
you were cleansing
he/she/it was cleansing
we were cleansing
you were cleansing
they were cleansing
Past Perfect
I had cleansed
you had cleansed
he/she/it had cleansed
we had cleansed
you had cleansed
they had cleansed
Future
I will cleanse
you will cleanse
he/she/it will cleanse
we will cleanse
you will cleanse
they will cleanse
Future Perfect
I will have cleansed
you will have cleansed
he/she/it will have cleansed
we will have cleansed
you will have cleansed
they will have cleansed
Future Continuous
I will be cleansing
you will be cleansing
he/she/it will be cleansing
we will be cleansing
you will be cleansing
they will be cleansing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cleansing
you have been cleansing
he/she/it has been cleansing
we have been cleansing
you have been cleansing
they have been cleansing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cleansing
you will have been cleansing
he/she/it will have been cleansing
we will have been cleansing
you will have been cleansing
they will have been cleansing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cleansing
you had been cleansing
he/she/it had been cleansing
we had been cleansing
you had been cleansing
they had been cleansing
Conditional
I would cleanse
you would cleanse
he/she/it would cleanse
we would cleanse
you would cleanse
they would cleanse
Past Conditional
I would have cleansed
you would have cleansed
he/she/it would have cleansed
we would have cleansed
you would have cleansed
they would have cleansed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cleanse - clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
bathe - cleanse the entire body; "bathe daily"
wash - to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"
lave, wash - cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
soap, lather - rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
bath, bathe - clean one's body by immersion into water; "The child should bathe every day"
douche - direct a spray of water into a bodily cavity, for cleaning
neaten, groom - care for one's external appearance; "He is always well-groomed"
floss - use dental floss to clean; "floss your teeth after every meal"
decontaminate - rid of contamination; "The soil around the housing development had to be decontaminated by the city"
2.cleanse - purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins; "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"
denazify - free from Nazi ideology or detach from Nazi allegiance; "Germany was denazified after WW II"; "The highest judges were never denazified"
disembarrass, rid, free - relieve from; "Rid the house of pests"

cleanse

verb purify, clear, purge Your body is beginning to cleanse itself of tobacco toxins.
1. absolve, clear, purge, purify Confession cleanses the soul.
2. clean, wash, scrub, rinse, scour She demonstrated the proper way to cleanse the face.

cleanse

verb
1. To make or become clear by the removal of impurities:
2. To free from sin, guilt, or defilement:
Translations
čistit
rense
hreinsa
apvalytivaliklis
attīrītdezinficēttīrīt

cleanse

[klenz] VT [+ skin] → limpiar (of de) (fig) [+ soul etc] → purificar

cleanse

[ˈklɛnz] vt
[+ skin, wound] → nettoyer
[+ digestive system] → purger
to cleanse sth of sth (physically)purger qch de qch
(morally) [+ soul] → purifier
to cleanse sth of sth (morally)purifier qch de qch
(ethnically) [+ place, area] → purifier

cleanse

vtreinigen; (spiritually) → läutern (of von)

cleanse

[klɛnz] vtpulire (fig) (soul) → purificare

cleanse

(klenz) verb
to make clean. This cream will cleanse your skin; cleansed of guilt.
ˈcleanser noun
something which cleans, especially a cosmetic used to clean the face.
References in classic literature ?
Yes; and many is the time, when, after the severest uninterrupted labors, which know no night; continuing straight through for ninety-six hours; when from the boat, where they have swelled their wrists with all day rowing on the Line, --they only step to the deck to carry vast chains, and heave the heavy windlass, and cut and slash, yea, and in their very sweatings to be smoked and burned anew by the combined fires of the equatorial sun and the equatorial try-works; when, on the heel of all this, they have finally bestirred themselves to cleanse the ship, and make a spotless dairy room of it; many is the time the poor fellows, just buttoning the necks of their clean frocks, are startled by the cry of There she blows
At last I reached my own box, and had some corn; and after Robert had wrapped up my knees in wet cloths, he tied up my foot in a bran poultice, to draw out the heat and cleanse it before the horse-doctor saw it in the morning, and I managed to get myself down on the straw, and slept in spite of the pain.
The king and queen and many of the court do start even in this hour, to go to your valley to pay pious homage to the waters ye have restored, and cleanse themselves of sin, and see the place where the infernal spirit spouted true hell-flames to the clouds -- an ye listen sharply ye may hear me wink and hear me likewise smile a smile, sith 'twas I that made selection of those flames from out our stock and sent them by your order.
the waters that cleanse is free, the door of heaven stands open -- oh, enter in and be at rest
There is there is,'' answered the wretched woman, ``deep, black, damning guilt, guilt, that lies like a load at my breast guilt, that all the penitential fires of hereafter cannot cleanse.
Nothing that he could do would cleanse him till he had told his own sin.
Then she began to rub her lips as though to cleanse them from pollution.
THE KILLING OF THE SUITORS--THE MAIDS WHO HAVE MISCONDUCTED THEMSELVES ARE MADE TO CLEANSE THE CLOISTERS AND ARE THEN HANGED.
Although lately some spark may have been shown by one, which made us think he was ordained by God for our redemption, nevertheless it was afterwards seen, in the height of his career, that fortune rejected him; so that Italy, left as without life, waits for him who shall yet heal her wounds and put an end to the ravaging and plundering of Lombardy, to the swindling and taxing of the kingdom and of Tuscany, and cleanse those sores that for long have festered.
Darcy may perhaps have HEARD of such a place as Gracechurch Street, but he would hardly think a month's ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities, were he once to enter it; and depend upon it, Mr.
Then Jove lord of the storm-cloud said to Apollo, "Dear Phoebus, go, I pray you, and take Sarpedon out of range of the weapons; cleanse the black blood from off him, and then bear him a long way off where you may wash him in the river, anoint him with ambrosia, and clothe him in immortal raiment; this done, commit him to the arms of the two fleet messengers, Death, and Sleep, who will carry him straightway to the rich land of Lycia, where his brothers and kinsmen will inter him, and will raise both mound and pillar to his memory, in due honour to the dead.
Let nothing linger after-- No whispering ghost remain, In wall, or beam, or rafter, Of any hate or pain: Cleanse and call home thy spirit, Deny her leave to cast, On aught thy heirs inherit, The shadow of her past.