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"cleanse" in British English

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cleanseverb [T]

uk   us   /klenz/
to make something ​completelyclean: Cleanse the cut/​woundthoroughly before you ​bandage it. to make someone or something ​morallyclean or ​pure: to cleanse the ​thoughts of ​ourhearts Roman Catholics go to ​confession to be cleansed oftheirsins.figurative The ​mayor has ​promised to cleanse the ​city ofdrugdealers (= to ​remove them from the ​city).
(Definition of cleanse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cleanseverb [T]

 us   /klenz/
to ​remove all the ​dirt or ​harmfulsubstances from something: Thoroughly cleanse the ​wound and the ​area around it.
(Definition of cleanse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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