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bathe

[beyth] /beɪð/
verb (used with object), bathed, bathing.
1.
to immerse (all or part of the body) in water or some other liquid, for cleansing, refreshment, etc.
2.
to wet; wash.
3.
to moisten or suffuse with any liquid.
4.
to apply water or other liquid to, with a sponge, cloth, etc.:
to bathe a wound.
5.
to wash over or against, as by the action of the sea, a river, etc.:
incoming tides bathing the coral reef.
6.
to cover or surround:
a shaft of sunlight bathing the room; a morning fog bathing the city.
verb (used without object), bathed, bathing.
7.
to take a bath or sunbath.
8.
to swim for pleasure.
9.
to be covered or surrounded as if with water.
noun
10.
British.
  1. the act of bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river.
  2. a swimming bath.
Origin of bathe
1000
before 1000; Middle English bath(i)en, Old English bathian, equivalent to bæth bath1 + -ian infinitive suffix
Related forms
rebathe, verb, rebathed, rebathing.
Can be confused
bath, bathe.
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  • Some of the sick have been to bathe in one of the hot springs and pronounce the effects wonderfully beneficial.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • The women of the former retire to bathe and the men respect their privacy.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I must bathe my brows in the vague mist, in the fragrance of the earth, in the light of the dawning day.

  • Let us have a bathe, and then get something to eat before it is too dark.

  • It was soon lighted again and breakfast prepared, before which I had a bathe in the spring.

British Dictionary definitions for bathe

bathe

/beɪð/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river, esp for pleasure
2.
(transitive) to apply liquid to (skin, a wound, etc) in order to cleanse or soothe
3.
to immerse or be immersed in a liquid: to bathe machine parts in oil
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) to wash in a bath
5.
(transitive; often passive) to suffuse: her face was bathed with radiance
6.
(transitive) (of water, the sea, etc) to lap; wash: waves bathed the shore
noun
7.
(Brit) a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river
Derived Forms
bather, noun
Word Origin
Old English bathian; related to Old Norse batha, Old High German badōn
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Word Origin and History for bathe
v.

Old English baþian "to wash, lave, bathe" (transitive and intransitive), from root of bath (q.v.), with different vowel sound due to i-mutation. Related: Bathed; bathing.

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