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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klenz]
    • /klɛnz/
    • /ˈklen.zɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klenz]
    • /klɛnz/

Definitions of cleansing word

  • adjective cleansing serving or intended to cleanse 3
  • noun cleansing an instance of cleaning something, esp its surface 3
  • verb with object cleansing to make clean. 1
  • verb with object cleansing to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul. 1
  • verb without object cleansing to become clean. 1
  • noun cleansing One that cleanses. 1

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Origin of cleansing

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English clensen, Old English clǣnsian, equivalent to clǣne clean + -si- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Cleansing


cleansing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cleansing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cleansing

adjective cleansing

  • purgative — purging or cleansing, especially by causing evacuation of the bowels.
  • laxative — a medicine or agent for relieving constipation.
  • purging — to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.

noun cleansing

  • cleaning — the act of removing dirt or something undesirable
  • washing — the act or process of washing with water or other liquid: to give the car a wash.
  • scrubbing — to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
  • bathing — swimming
  • rinsing — an act or instance of rinsing.

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