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 Step two is the silica face and body mask — this white mineral mask will cleanse and strengthen your skin. Hannah Streck, Travel + Leisure, 23 Aug. 2021 Forget your crystals and your sage—just print out this photo of Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa to cleanse your space, heal your energy, and manifest all your dreams. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 20 Aug. 2021 The Custom Engraved Paddle Hair Brush features natural boar bristles and crystal nylon pins that mildly cleanse the roots, loosen dead skin and product residue, while absorbing and distributing sebum down the hair shaft. Angela Lei, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Along with other restoration projects, the reborn Kissimmee River is expected to cleanse and smooth out the flow of water into Lake Kissimmee and lessen the harmful releases to the state’s Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 30 July 2021 Celebrities like Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian swear by The Rice Polish thanks to its ability to cleanse and smooth the skin, leaving it baby soft to the touch. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Caudalie's Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil stays true to its name and employs nourishing almond oil, peptides, and brightening viniferine (grapevine sap extract) to cleanse and moisturize skin — all without leaving a trace of greasy or oily residue. Sarah Han, Allure, 8 Aug. 2021 The ginger root and aniseed oil in this formula work to naturally cleanse, clarify the scalp, and hydrate to relieve dryness and promote hair growth. Sha Ravine Spencer, Health.com, 5 July 2021 But Guadalupe Maravilla doesn’t believe that healing comes from downloading an app or paying a shaman $1,000 to cleanse your energy. Brienne Walsh, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smoke alarms sounded Thursday aboard the International Space Station (ISS), prompting an air cleanse of the Russian segment before crews returned to normal operations. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2021 Lizzo later responded with a video explaining her decision to do the cleanse. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 13 Aug. 2021 The replacement to your double-cleanse, this treatment cleanser deeply cleans the skin, removing dirt, pollution and makeup, without stripping or disrupting the skin’s pH. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 July 2021 If needed, please consult with a medical doctor prior to embarking on a cleanse and detox course. Angela Lei, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Even on temperate days when your air conditioning is off, Vance recommends running the central fan with the filter in place for an extra cleanse. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Aug. 2021 Perfect for those with acne-prone skin, Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Cleanser provides a satisfying deep cleanse without harsh scrubbing. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 July 2021 Henry ends her day with another thorough cleanse — this time using SkinMedica's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser for a deeper clean. Allure, 21 July 2021 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

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Cleanse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleanse. Accessed 25 Sep. 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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