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tr.v. cleansed, cleans·ing, cleans·es
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.
An act of cleansing: a cleanse of the digestive system.
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.]
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All the numerous implements which have been in use are likewise faithfully cleansed and put away.
When you have thoroughly cleansed the whole cloisters, take the women into the space between the domed room and the wall of the outer court, and run them through with your swords till they are quite dead, and have forgotten all about love and the way in which they used to lie in secret with the suitors."
Thus, he stands entirely justified, and has had his character cleansed from all stain.
I served as assistant while he probed and cleansed the passages made by the bullets, and I saw the two men endure his crude surgery without anaesthetics and with no more to uphold them than a stiff tumbler of whisky.
She could but lick the wounds, and thus she kept them cleansed, that healing nature might the more quickly do her work.
After that he resisted no more, and was washed out and scrubbed out and cleansed out with the hose, a big bristly brush, and much carbolic soap, the lather of which got into and stung his eyes and nose, causing him to weep copiously and sneeze violently.
During the dry sea-stretches my system would be cleansed of the alcohol that soaked it, so that when I reached a port I should be in shape to enjoy John Barleycorn more thoroughly.
During the operation more than 15 tons of oil waste has been cleansed up from the coast.
Sheet mask: At night, applying sheet mask on cleansed skin can be very relaxing and takes away the stress from your skin.
Years of buildup can become trapped in the crevices, if not thoroughly cleansed on a regular basis."
Aside from that, it does leave skin cleansed and fresh, and if you add a little bit of water as advised, the cleansing oil loosens and removes both normal and waterproof mascara swiftly.