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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


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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