cleanse

verb
\ ˈklenz How to pronounce cleanse (audio) \
cleansed; cleansing; cleanses

Definition of cleanse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : clean especially : to rid of impurities by or as if by washing cleansed the wound It's that mystical state most athletes are lucky to achieve a few times in their careers. The mind is cleansed. The body is free. — Jon Wertheim
2 : to expel, imprison, or kill (the members of an ethnic minority) in (an area) : to subject to or remove by ethnic cleansing In 1996, tens of thousands of ethnic Tutsis, most of them of Rwandan origin, were murdered or ethnically cleansed in the Masisi region of eastern Zaire.— David Rieff

intransitive verb

: to engage in or undergo a cleanse to remove toxins from the body Some people who cleanse say they experience dramatic physical changes.— Karen Hube

cleanse

noun

Definition of cleanse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very restrictive short-term diet primarily intended to remove toxins from the body Under the supervision of her nutritionist … Gillian Anderson has reportedly participated in cleanses that consist of little more than liquids for 10 days.— J. D. Heiman … told me about her 28-day cleanse, which limits the caffeine, sugar, gluten, dairy and red meat in your diet.— Jon Harris

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Synonyms for cleanse

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of cleanse in a Sentence

Verb The cut should be cleansed gently with mild soap and water. in an elaborate ritual the priestess cleansed the gathering of supplicants
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Armed with hygienic silicone touchpoints in three sizes, Foreo's Luna Mini 2 pulses 8,000 times per minute to get into every nook and cranny of your skin to deeply cleanse it of dirt, oil, and makeup. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 June 2021 Adhering to a couple of days of strict diet and then consuming more than a gallon of clear liquid and laxative to cleanse the bowels is unpleasant. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2021 Recently, when my aunt renovated, her daughter, desperate to seize on the opportunity to cleanse the apartment, asked to throw away a small Buddha statue that once belonged to my grandfather. Clio Chang, New York Times, 6 July 2021 The brand's Rescue Mask provides a mixture of almond, honey, and caolin clay to cleanse the pores, while camphor extract reduces skin’s inflammation. Akili King, Vogue, 28 May 2021 An air purifier also helps cleanse the air of allergens. Janhoi Mcgregor, Forbes, 7 May 2021 This skincare device uses T-Sonic pulsations to cleanse below the skin’s surface, removing up to 99.5% of dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Bright linear freshness comes through to cleanse the palate with notes of citrus and flint. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Tip #1: For those who wish for just a light scrub, cleanse and soak, go right ahead. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Charlotte Birnbaum agrees, who previously told Allure to look for a clarifying shampoo for a deep hair cleanse, preferably one with salicylic acid. Lauren Dana, Allure, 16 July 2021 Follow this luxurious cleanse with the TRUFFLE MOISTURIZING SEMI TREATMENT. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Kazan, in his defense motion, suggested that Sanstead had suffered a seizure brought on by a two-day cleanse. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2021 These toners will rebalance your skin's pH levels after a thorough double cleanse or exfoliating mask and provide the hydration your skin craves. Sarah Han, Allure, 22 June 2021 Thankfully, the double-digit cleanse is making way for more titles to watch this summer. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 19 May 2021 After lighting her candles and throwing on silk, Hudgens begins her routine with Know Beauty's Purifying Cleanser, a gentle exfoliant containing grapefruit and hyaluronic acid for a deeply moisturizing, brightening, and detoxifying cleanse. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 June 2021 The combination of the oil treatment followed by the shampoo and scalp massager functions as the ultimate deep cleanse to remove excess sebum, product buildup, and beyond, without stripping away natural oils. Rachel Krause, refinery29.com, 10 June 2021 Following a morning cleanse, skin is visibly clearer. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of cleanse

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1999, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cleanse

Verb

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

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23 Jul 2021

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“Cleanse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleanse. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for cleanse

cleanse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cleanse

: to make (someone or something) clean

cleanse

verb
\ ˈklenz How to pronounce cleanse (audio) \
cleansed; cleansing

Kids Definition of cleanse

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

cleanse

transitive verb
\ ˈklenz \
cleansed; cleansing

Medical Definition of cleanse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make clean

intransitive verb

: to engage in or undergo a cleanse to remove toxins from the body

cleanse

noun

Medical Definition of cleanse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very restrictive short-term diet primarily intended to remove toxins from the body

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