- (transitive) To free from dirt; to clean, to purify.
- (transitive) To spiritually purify; to free from guilt or sin; to purge.
- 1625, William Methold [i.e., William Methwold], “Relations of the Kingdome of Golchonda, and Other Neighbovring Nations within the Gulfe of Bengala, Arreccan, Pegu, Tennassery, &c. […]”, in [Samuel] Purchas, Pvrchas His Pilgrimes. […], 5th part, London: Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, […], OCLC 960103045, page 993:
- [T]he famous Ganges: whoſe vnknowne head, pleaſant ſtreames, and long extent, haue amongſt thoſe Heathen Inhabitants, (by the Tradition of their Forefathers) gained a beliefe of clenſing all ſuch ſinnes, as the bodies of thoſe that waſh therein brought with them: [...]
to clean, purify
to spiritually purify
cleanse (plural cleanses)
- An act of cleansing; a purification.
- I regularly visit the spa for a massage and a facial cleanse.
- Synonym: cleansing