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English definition of “cleanse”

cleanse

verb [T] uk   /klenz/ us  
to make something completely clean: Cleanse the cut/wound thoroughly before you bandage it. 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).
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