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English verb: cleanse

1. cleanse (body) clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing


SamplesClean up before you see your grandparents.
Clean your fingernails before dinner.


ExamplesThey cleanse themselves


Synonymsclean


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten


Narrower (hyponym)bath, bathe, bathe, decontaminate, douche, floss, lather, lave, soap, wash, wash

2. cleanse (change) purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins


SamplesPurgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)disembarrass, free, rid


Narrower (hyponym)denazify









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