transitive verbcleansed, cleans′ing
Origin of cleanseMiddle English clensen from Old English clænsian from clæne, clean
transitive verbcleansed, cleans·ing, cleans·es
- a. To free from dirt, contamination, or impurities: cleansed the wound.b. To treat (the body or an organ) with a regimen intended to remove impurities and promote health: drank vegetable juice for a week to cleanse her digestive system.
- To purify morally or spiritually: cleanse the organization of corruption; cleansed of sin.
- To subject to ethnic cleansing.
Origin of cleanseMiddle English clensen from Old English clǣnsian from clǣne pure, clean
(third-person singular simple present cleanses, present participle cleansing, simple past and past participle cleansed)
From Old English clǣnsian, from West Proto-Germanic *klainisōną, from *klainiz (“clean”)