1. cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, improvement

usage: the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"


1. cleanse, clean, groom, neaten

usage: clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"

2. cleanse, rid, free, disembarrass

usage: purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins; "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"


1. ablutionary, cleansing, purifying (vs. adulterating)

usage: cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands; "ablutionary rituals"

2. cleansing, purifying, antiseptic (vs. septic)

usage: acting like an antiseptic

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