What does the word cleanse mean?

Usage examples for cleanse

  1. They sometimes gather the moss from the trees, which they cleanse and take to market. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  2. In preparing it, carefully wash and cleanse it free from insects, which are generally found near the heart; remove any decayed or dead leaves, and dry it thoroughly by shaking in a cloth. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  3. Externally, the juice will cleanse and heal foul ulcers, and ill- favoured eruptions. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie