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cleanse

verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
cleanse [transitive]
1MI to make something completely clean:
Use a piece of gauze to cleanse the cut.
The water is cleansed and reused.
2 to remove everything that is bad or immoral from a person's character, an organization, or a place - used especially in news reports
cleanse somebody/something of something
The mayor was elected on a promise to cleanse the city government of corruption.
ethnic cleansingWORD FOCUS: clean WORD FOCUS: clean
wash with soap and water
wipe
with a damp cloth
brush
with a brush to remove the dirt
polish
by rubbing with a cloth
scrub
by rubbing hard
sweep
with a broom
mop
with water and a mop (a tool with a long handle)
vacuum
also hoover British English with a machine that sucks up dust
disinfect
using chemicals to kill germs
cleanse
to clean your skin using a special cream
rinse
to put water on to remove dirt or soap
dust
to remove dust, for example with a cloth


See also
clean

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