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 An appliance designed to cleanse the air in your home, getting rid of all the impurities including odors, smoke, dust, and pet dander. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 16 Sep. 2020 So check out the much more affordable Xpreen Silicone Face Cleanser Brush, which uses pulsations to cleanse the skin and remove makeup residue and skin cells, just like the Foreo. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "15 Amazon beauty products more affordable than their cult-favorite counterparts," 31 Aug. 2020 The engineers from Knorr Brake Company, which is headquartered in Westminster, have developed a technology that can be installed in HVAC units on metro, train and light rail cars, and continually cleanse the air. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Spurred by coronavirus pandemic, Westminster-based Knorr Brake Company devises air filtration system for train cars," 4 Sep. 2020 The exfoliating toner is known to be effective in its mission to cleanse, purify and balance pH by basically removing dead skin in a way that’s better for your face than physical exfoliants. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "15 Amazon beauty products more affordable than their cult-favorite counterparts," 31 Aug. 2020 Trump's suggestion that health experts examine whether light and disinfectant should be put inside people's bodies to cleanse them of coronavirus. David Goldman, CNN, "Donald Trump was finally asked about Sarah Cooper's viral impersonations of him," 23 Aug. 2020 Well, both Clarisonic and Foreo make handheld devices that use sonic technology, or vibrations, to deep cleanse the skin and provide anti-aging benefits. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Clarisonic Lovers, Listen Up: Skincare Brand Foreo Is Giving You $39 Toward Its Silicone Cleansing Brushes," 6 Aug. 2020 These squirty little doodads, which cleanse the nether regions with a gentle jet of water, are touted by many as sanitizing superheroes, with powers vastly superior to those of toilet paper. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Bottom Line About Bidets," 20 May 2020 Packed with grapeseed oil as well as vitamins E, A and B5, this oil will both cleanse your skin and leave it feeling soft. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Missing the spa? Here’s how to give yourself a relaxing facial at home," 29 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In your case, the juice cleanse is made worse by a boyfriend who has started hoarding his emotional superfood and attention antioxidants. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: Gulfstreaming the Emotional Distance," 18 Sep. 2020 An aura cleanse paired with a healing session felt like a step in the right direction. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Tea Leaves, Hypnosis, & Aura Cleansing: My Virtual Spiritual Wellness Journey," 9 Sep. 2020 Are there actual benefits to taking a social media cleanse? Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "5 Potential Mental Health Benefits of Deleting Social Media," 2 Sep. 2020 Aesthetician Georgia Louise recommends beginning an at-home facial with a double cleanse. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "How to Give Yourself a Spa-Level Facial at Home, According to Experts," 1 Aug. 2020 After a long day of tending to other people's skin, Pavitt treats her own complexion to a thorough cleanse, starting with Tatcha's The Deep Cleanse, which landed an Allure Best of Beauty award in 2019. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "7 Top Aestheticians Share Their Skin-Care Routines," 12 Aug. 2020 President Trump is only the latest in a long line of bellicose, would-be reformers — of all ideological stripes — who campaign on the idea of a sickened, murky, ethically inhospitable U.S. capital in need of a deep cleanse. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘The Swamp’ looks at political reform through the eyes of an unlikely hero: Rep. Matt Gaetz," 3 Aug. 2020 The engrossing result is the audio equivalent of a spiritual cleanse. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 Milwaukee albums and songs you have to hear in June, from Grace Weber, Space Raft, Klassik and more," 2 June 2020 The production facility has undergone a deep industrial sanitation cleanse. Marcus Crowder, SFChronicle.com, "Cannabis business leader Mikey Steinmetz has big ideas for the industry," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of cleanse was before the 12th century

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20 Sep 2020

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“Cleanse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleanse. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for cleanse

cleanse

verb
How to pronounce cleanse (audio)

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.
\ 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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