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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.]
serving or intended to cleanse
an instance of cleaning something, esp its surface. See also ethnic cleansing
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|Noun||1.||cleansing - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"|
improvement - the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"
disinfestation - the activity of getting rid of vermin
spring-cleaning - the activity of cleaning a house thoroughly at the end of winter
scrubbing, scouring, scrub - the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
dry cleaning - the act of cleaning (fabrics) with a solvent other than water
sweeping - the act of cleaning with a broom
purification - the act of cleaning by getting rid of impurities
sterilisation, sterilization - the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
sanitisation, sanitization, sanitation - making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing
housecleaning - the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house; "efficient housecleaning should proceed one room at a time"
|Adj.||1.||cleansing - cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands; "ablutionary rituals"|
purifying - freeing from noxious matter; "filtration is a purifying agent"
|2.||cleansing - acting like an antiseptic|
antiseptic - thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms; "doctors in antiseptic green coats"; "the antiseptic effect of alcohol"; "it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"