Definition of cleanse in English:

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Pronunciation: /klɛnz/


[with object]
1Make (something, especially the skin) thoroughly clean: this preparation will cleanse and tighten the skin (as adjective cleansing) a cleansing cream
More example sentences
  • 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.
clean, make clean, clean up, wash, bathe, rinse, disinfect, sanitize, decontaminate, purify
rare deterge
1.1Rid of something unpleasant or defiling: the mission to cleanse America of subversives
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  • 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
1.2Free (someone) from sin or guilt: only God Himself can cleanse us
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  • 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.
purify, purge, absolve, free;
archaic shrive
rare lustrate
1.3 archaic (In biblical translations) cure (a leper).
Example sentences
  • 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.


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).

Words that rhyme with cleanse

Benz, Fens, gens, lens

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