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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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