Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

cleanse

play
verb \ˈklenz\

Simple Definition of cleanse

  • : to make (someone or something) clean

Full Definition of cleanse

cleansedcleans·ing

  1. :  clean; especially :  to rid of impurities by or as if by washing

Examples of cleanse

  1. The cut should be cleansed gently with mild soap and water.

  2. <in an elaborate ritual the priestess cleansed the gathering of supplicants>



Origin of cleanse

Middle English clensen, from Old English clǣnsian to purify, from clǣne clean


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with cleanse



CLEANSE Defined for Kids

cleanse

play
verb \ˈklenz\

Definition of cleanse

cleansedcleans·ing

  1. :  to make clean <Cleanse the wound with soap and water.>




Medical Dictionary

cleanse

play
transitive verb \ˈklenz\

Medical Definition of cleanse

cleansedcleans·ing

  1. :  to make clean





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cleanse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders duvet pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ