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
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)