Definition of cleanse in English:


Pronunciation /klenz/ /klɛnz/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (something, especially the skin) thoroughly clean.

    ‘this preparation will cleanse and tighten the skin’
    • ‘Between two applications of collagen mask, apply the contents of one vial to thoroughly cleansed skin.’
    • ‘Once a week, she would have a professional come to cleanse her skin, and she continued to have blonde highlights put in her hair.’
    • ‘He finished cleansing the skin and took out a pad and pen.’
    • ‘After the circulating nurse cleanses the patient's skin with a povidone-iodine solution, the scrub person and surgeon place sterile drapes, isolating the abdomen.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse applies the electro-surgery grounding pad and then cleanses the patient's skin with the surgeon's preferred prep solution.’
    • ‘The skin is cleansed, and a needle is inserted without the physician's finger touching the marked site, unless a sterile glove is worn.’
    • ‘Start at the exit site and circle outward to cleanse the skin.’
    • ‘One water recipe might enhance immunity, another might cleanse the skin, another might help with prostate imbalance.’
    • ‘Hot baths help cleanse the skin of released toxins and allow the pores to eliminate more toxins.’
    • ‘If someone is bitten by a kiwi they should thoroughly cleanse the wound using alcohol and seek immediate medical advice.’
    • ‘The wound should be thoroughly cleansed, and delayed closure should be allowed.’
    • ‘The umbilicus is cleansed thoroughly with cotton swabs as the final step of the prep.’
    • ‘In general, wounds are cleansed initially and before a new dressing is applied.’
    • ‘The wound is gently cleansed and irrigated with sterile saline.’
    • ‘Alternatively, as you have been constipated for some time, I would suggest gently cleansing your colon.’
    • ‘First, sparkling wines are naturally crisp, and that acidity cleanses the palate.’
    • ‘Have a glass of water or crackers near by in order to cleanse your palate.’
    • ‘Our hero passes out while getting his bowels cleansed before the operation.’
    • ‘As it is drawn through the ducts of the circulation system the air is cleansed of impurities.’
    • ‘Assure him that you have cleansed your soul and seen the error of your ways.’
    clean, make clean, clean up, wash, bathe, rinse, disinfect, sanitize, decontaminate, purify
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    1. 1.1Rid (a person, place, or thing) of something seen as unpleasant, unwanted, or defiling.
      ‘the mission to cleanse the nation of subversives’
      • ‘Every morning is like pouring water over myself until my soul is cleansed of sin.’
      • ‘He promised that God would cleanse his people of all impurities so that they could draw near to him again.’
      rid, clear, free, purify, purge, empty, strip, void, relieve
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    2. 1.2Free (someone) from sin or guilt.
      ‘only God Himself can cleanse us’
      • ‘We continued to walk toward the forest, as if immersion in the wild lands where she should have roamed free could cleanse us of leaving her in such conditions.’
      • ‘The same Spirit that empowers us also cleanses us with a purifying fire.’
      • ‘A little deliberation shows that this is the very essence of repentance and it is known that repentance cleanses a person.’
      • ‘There were large palm fronds strung around the village to protect it from evil and to cleanse any evil person who entered the village.’
      • ‘He promised to open a fountain in the house of David to cleanse the people.’
      purify, purge, absolve, free
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    3. 1.3archaic (in biblical translations) cure (a leper).
      ‘Because he healed their lame and cleansed their lepers and brought light to their blind and raised their dead, that is why he died.’
      • ‘The blind could see, the lame could walk, lepers were cleansed, the deaf could hear, the dead had been raised, and the poor had good news.’
      • ‘Jesus healed sickness and disease, fed 5,000, restored sight, cleansed lepers and raised the dead.’
      • ‘Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.’
      • ‘Jesus healed Simon's mother and cleansed a leper in Galilee.’


  • A process or period of time during which a person attempts to rid the body of substances regarded as toxic or unhealthy, typically by consuming only water or other liquids.

    ‘you can consume the broth three times a day for a cleanse’
    • ‘I recommend doing a cleanse when your social calendar is event-free, because you might feel a bit more tired than usual’


Old English clǣnsian (verb), from clǣne (see clean).