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verb cleanse pronunciation in British English /klenz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycleanse
he/she/itcleanses
present participlecleansing
past tensecleansed
past participlecleansed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to clean your skin using a special liquid or cream

    To have perfect skin you must cleanse, tone, and moisturize.

    a cleansing cream

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to get rid of someone or something bad or unpleasant
    cleanse someone/something of someone/something:

    The mayor has promised to cleanse the city streets of crime.

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