Cleanse vs. Clean

Cleanse vs. Clean — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Cleanse and Clean

Cleanseverb

To free from dirt, contamination, or impurities

cleansed the wound.

Cleanadjective

Free from dirt, stain, or impurities; unsoiled

a clean kitchen floor.clean clothes.

Cleanseverb

To treat (the body or an organ) with a regimen intended to remove impurities and promote health

drank vegetable juice for a week to cleanse her digestive system.

Cleanadjective

Free from foreign matter or pollution; unadulterated

clean air.clean drinking water.

Cleanseverb

To purify morally or spiritually

cleanse the organization of corruption.cleansed of sin.

Cleanadjective

Not infected

a clean wound.

Cleanseverb

To subject to ethnic cleansing.

Cleanadjective

Producing relatively little pollution

a clean fuel.a cleaner, more efficient engine.

Cleansenoun

An act of cleansing

a cleanse of the digestive system.

Cleanadjective

Producing relatively little radioactive fallout or contamination

a clean nuclear bomb.

Cleanseverb

(transitive) To free from dirt; to clean, purify.

Cleanadjective

Having no imperfections or blemishes; regular or even

a clean edge.a smooth, clean joint.

Cleanseverb

(transitive) To spiritually purify; to free from sin or guilt; to purge.

Cleanadjective

Not ornate or intricate; spare

"the clean lines and exquisite proportions of early modernism" (Judith Thurman).

Cleansenoun

An act of cleansing; a purification.

I regularly visit the spa for a massage and a facial cleanse.

Cleanadjective

Sharply defined; clear-cut

a clean outline against the sky.

Cleanseverb

clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing;

clean up before you see your grandparentsclean your fingernails before dinner

Cleanadjective

Free from clumsiness; deft; adroit

a clean throw.

Cleanseverb

purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins;

Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins

Cleanadjective

Devoid of restrictions or encumbrances

a clean bill of health.

Cleanadjective

Thorough; complete

a clean getaway.

Cleanadjective

Having few alterations or corrections; legible

clean manuscript.

Cleanadjective

Blank

a clean page.

Cleanadjective

Morally pure; virtuous

led a clean life.

Cleanadjective

Having no marks of discredit or offense

a clean voting record.

Cleanadjective

Fit for all readers, listeners, or audiences; not ribald or obscene

a clean joke.

Cleanadjective

Honest or fair

a clean fighter.a clean competition.

Cleanadjective

Not carrying concealed weapons or drugs.

Cleanadjective

Innocent of a suspected crime.

Cleanadjective

Free from narcotics addiction.

Cleanadjective

Showing no evidence of using banned or performance-enhancing substances

proven to be clean before the race.

Cleanadverb

So as to be unsoiled

wash the dishes clean.

Cleanadverb

In a fair manner

played the game clean.

Cleanadverb

In a clean or nonpolluting manner

a fuel that burns clean.

Cleanadverb

(Informal) Entirely; wholly

clean forgot the appointment.

Cleanverb

To rid of dirt, rubbish, or impurities

clean a room.clean a suit.

Cleanverb

To get rid of (impurities or dirt, for example); remove

cleaned up the trash.cleaned off the stains.

Cleanverb

To prepare (fowl or other food) for cooking, as by removing the entrails or fat.

Cleanverb

To remove the contents from; empty

cleaned my plate.

Cleanverb

(Sports) To lift (a barbell) from the floor to the shoulders in one motion.

Cleanverb

To undergo or perform an act of cleaning.

Cleanadjective

Free of dirt or impurities or protruberances.

Cleanadjective

Not dirty.

Are these dishes clean?Your room is finally clean!

Cleanadjective

In an unmarked condition.

Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.

Cleanadjective

(aerodynamics) Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.

Cleanadjective

Empty.

The cargo hold is clean.Mister, I want to see a clean dinner plate or there'll be no dessert for you.

Cleanadjective

(of metal) Having relatively few impurities.

clean steel

Cleanadjective

Free of immorality or criminality.

Cleanadjective

Pure, especially morally or religiously.

Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.

Cleanadjective

Not having used drugs or alcohol.

I've been clean this time for eight months.

Cleanadjective

(of criminal, driving, etc. records) Without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.

Unlike you, I’ve never caused any accidents — my record is still clean!

Cleanadjective

(informal) Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.

I’m clean, officer. You can go ahead and search me if you want.

Cleanadjective

(informal) Devoid of profanity.

Cleanadjective

Smooth, exact, and performed well.

I’ll need a sharper knife to make clean cuts.a clean leap over a fence

Cleanadjective

(obsolete) Total; utter.

Cleanadjective

(informal) Cool or neat.

Wow, Dude, those are some clean shoes ya got there!

Cleanadjective

(health) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

I want to make sure my fiancé is clean before we are married.

Cleanadjective

That does not damage the environment.

clean energy;clean coal

Cleanadjective

Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects.

clean land;clean timber

Cleanadjective

Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.

Cleanadjective

Well-proportioned; shapely.

clean limbs

Cleanadjective

Ascended without falling.

Cleannoun

Removal of dirt.

This place needs a clean.

Cleannoun

(weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.

Cleanverb

(transitive) To remove dirt from a place or object.

Can you clean the windows today?

Cleanverb

(transitive) To tidy up, make a place neat.

Clean your room right now!

Cleanverb

To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.

Cleanverb

(intransitive) To make things clean in general.

She just likes to clean. That’s why I married her.

Cleanverb

To remove unnecessary files, etc. from (a directory, etc.).

Cleanverb

To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.

Cleanverb

To purge a raw of any blemishes caused by the scanning process such as brown tinting and poor color contrast.

Cleanverb

To remove guts and/or scales of a butchered animal.

Cleanadverb

Fully and completely.

He was stabbed clean through.You must be clean mad.

Cleannoun

a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead

Cleanverb

make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from;

Clean the stove!The dentist cleaned my teeth

Cleanverb

remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits;

Clean the turkey

Cleanverb

clean and tidy up the house;

She housecleans every week

Cleanverb

clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing;

clean up before you see your grandparentsclean your fingernails before dinner

Cleanverb

be cleanable;

This stove cleans easily

Cleanverb

deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.;

The other players cleaned him completely

Cleanverb

remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely;

The boys cleaned the sandwich plattersThe trees were cleaned of apples by the storm

Cleanverb

remove while making clean;

Clean the spots off the rug

Cleanverb

remove unwanted substances from

Cleanverb

remove shells or husks from;

clean grain before milling it

Cleanadjective

free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits;

children with clean shining facesclean white shirtsclean dishesa spotlessly clean housecats are clean animals

Cleanadjective

free of restrictions or qualifications;

a clean bill of healtha clear winner

Cleanadjective

(of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims;

efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordingsclear laughter like a waterfallclear reds and bluesa light lilting voice like a silver bell

Cleanadjective

free from impurities;

clean waterfresh air

Cleanadjective

without difficulties or problems;

a clean test flight

Cleanadjective

ritually clean or pure

Cleanadjective

not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination;

a clean fuelcleaner and more efficient enginesthe tactical bomb is reasonably clean

Cleanadjective

(of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers;

good clean funa clean joke

Cleanadjective

free from sepsis or infection;

a clean (or uninfected) wound

Cleanadjective

morally pure;

led a clean life

Cleanadjective

(of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections;

fair copya clean manuscript

Cleanadjective

of a surface; not written or printed on;

blank pagesfill in the blank spacesa clean pagewide white margins

Cleanadjective

marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play;

a clean fighta sporting solution of the disagreementsportsmanlike conduct

Cleanadjective

thorough and without qualification;

a clean getawaya clean sweepa clean break

Cleanadjective

(of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense;

a clean voting recora clean driver's license

Cleanadjective

not carrying concealed weapons

Cleanadjective

free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed;

he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheeka clean throwthe neat exactness of the surgeon's knife

Cleanadjective

free of drugs;

after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years

Cleanadverb

completely; used as intensifiers;

clean forgot the appointmentI'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out

Cleanadverb

in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating;

they played fairly