Meaning of “cleanse” in the English Dictionary

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"cleanse" in British English

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cleanseverb [ T ]

uk /klenz/ us /klenz/

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).

(Definition of “cleanse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cleanse" in American English

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cleanseverb [ T ]

us /klenz/

to remove all the dirt or harmful substances from something:

Thoroughly cleanse the wound and the area around it.

(Definition of “cleanse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)