Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To free from dirt, defilement, or guilt; purge or clean.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To free from dirt; to clean, purify.
  • v. To spiritually purify; to free from sin or guilt; to purge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection, guilt, etc.; to clean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make clean; free from filth, impurity, infection, or, in general, from whatever is polluting, noxious, or offensive.
  • To free from moral impurity or guilt.
  • To remove; wash or purge away.
  • In calico-printing, to render (the undyed parts) white and clean by removing the excess of mordant from them by immersion in a bath of cow-dung and warm water, or in some artificial substitute; to dung.
  • In brewing, to remove the yeast from (the beer).
  • To become clean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  • v. purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins

Etymologies

Middle English clensen, from Old English clǣnsian, from clǣne, pure, clean.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English clǣnsian, from West Proto-Germanic *klainisōnan, from *klainiz (“clean”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of Stan Kasten's final missions as team president of the Nationals was assisting Major League Baseball in its ongoing effort to cleanse from the Dominican Republic corrupt practices in signing youthful players.

    Catching up with Stan Kasten on the Dominican issue, etc.

  • The cleanse is still on, but I am feeling slightly less desperate than I was yesterday.

    June « 2010 « martinis & mantras

  • But maybe once the cleanse is over, I'll date myself, too (no, not cheesy at all!!).

    Dating Myself

  • Let Lake Ponchetrain cleanse the land of the filth and remnants of decadance that thrived in that decrepit excuse for a city since its inception.

    Should New Orleans be rebuilt? « BuzzMachine

  • I understand the first part, but I need to know if you have to follow the daily eating only certain things. its called a cleanse it gets all the crap out of your body,

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • Imagine my shock, when within hours of meeting you I was crippled with fever, cramps, non-stop vomiting, and a complete -- ummm. let's call it "cleanse" -- as my body tried to reject you.

    Why Does It Have to Require So Much Thought?

  • It is connected with the former of them by the recurrence of the same word, which in the first petition was rendered 'cleanse' -- or, more accurately, 'clear' -- and in this final clause is to be rendered accurately, 'I shall be _clear_ from the great transgression.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Psalms

  • As of this writing, I am now 48 hours into a meat-, dairy-, sugar-, alcohol-, chocolate-, processed-food- and taste-free vegetarian detox cleanse, which is the longest I've gone without eating meat by roughly 46 hours.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • "If I've been indulging in rich foods, a cleanse is a wonderful way to hit the reset button," said the

    Daily News & Analysis

  • She added: "If I've been indulging in rich foods, a cleanse is a wonderful way to hit the reset button."

    Musicrooms.net

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  • The witch is dead?

    April 22, 2011

  • ding, dang, dung

    April 22, 2011

  • Dung is a...

    a verb??

    April 22, 2011

  • "In calico-printing, to render (the undyed parts) white and clean by removing the excess of mordant from them by immersion in a bath of cow-dung and warm water, or in some artificial substitute; to dung." --Cent. Dict.

    "To dung?"

    April 21, 2011