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cleanse

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From Old English clǣnsian, from West Proto-Germanic *klainisōną, from *klainiz (clean). Cognate with archaic Dutch kleinzen (to clean; to purify).

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cleanse (third-person singular simple present cleanses, present participle cleansing, simple past and past participle cleansed)

  1. (transitive) To free from dirt; to clean, purify.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly): 
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
  2. (transitive) To spiritually purify; to free from sin or guilt; to purge.

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