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English definition of “cleanse”

cleanse

verb [T]     /klenz/
to make something completely clean: Cleanse the cut/wound thoroughly before you bandage it.Cleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words to make someone or something morally clean or pure: to cleanse the thoughts of our hearts Roman Catholics go to confession to be cleansed of their sins.figurative The mayor has promised to cleanse the city of drug dealers (= to remove them from the city).Forgiveness in religion
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