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cleanse

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Illness & disability
cleansecleanse /klenz/ verb [transitive]  1 MICUREto make something completely clean Use a piece of gauze to cleanse the cut. The water is cleansed and reused.see thesaurus at clean2 to remove everything that is bad or immoral from a person’s character, an organization, or a place – used especially in news reportscleanse somebody/something of something The mayor was elected on a promise to cleanse the city government of corruption. ethnic cleansing
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cleanseThe wound was then cleansed and redressed aseptically.This is a soul cleansing, carefully detailing the surrounding circumstances and the pressures that demanded that action be taken immediately.Climbing the places he had loved came to seem like a cleansing experience for a sick soul.Music had cleansed him as a river cleans a gorge through which it tumbles.Swimming in open-air hot bathwater in view of ice-topped peaks is different, wonderfully different - cleansing, relaxing and just good.Cleanse the wound with alcohol.First I had to be cleansed - this meant drinking a lot of medicated water and throwing it up again.They involve the same exfoliating, cleansing, toning and moisturising routines as facials.She performed a 200-peso, or $ 25, ritual cleansing with herbs, flowers, chiles and perfumed lotions.This lotion cleanses your skin deep down, while preserving its natural pH balance.cleanse somebody/something of somethingThe prisoners prayed that they would be cleansed of their sins.
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Verb table
cleanse
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycleanse
he, she, itcleanses
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycleansed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave cleansed
he, she, ithas cleansed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad cleansed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cleanse
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have cleansed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam cleansing
he, she, itis cleansing
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you, we, theyare cleansing
Past
I, he, she, itwas cleansing
you, we, theywere cleansing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been cleansing
he, she, ithas been cleansing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been cleansing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be cleansing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been cleansing
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