Simple Definition of cleanse
: to make (someone or something) clean
Full Definition of cleanse
: clean; especially : to rid of impurities by or as if by washing
Examples of cleanse
The cut should be cleansed gently with mild soap and water.
<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
Medical Definition of cleanse
: to make clean
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