CLEANSE, verb transitive
1. To purify; to make clean; to remove filth, or foul matter of any kind, or by any process whateve, as by washing, rubbing, scouring, scraping, purging, ventilation, etc.; as, to cleanse the hands or face to cleanse a garment; to cleanse the bowels; to cleanse a ship; to cleanse an infected house.
3. To free from ceremonial pollution, and consecrate to a holy use. Numbers 8:15; Exek. 43:20.
4. To purify from guilt. 1 John 1:7.
5. To remove; as, to cleanse a crime.