verb (used with object), bathed, bathing.
to immerse (all or part of the body) in water or some other liquid, for cleansing, refreshment, etc.
to wet; wash.
to moisten or suffuse with any liquid.
to apply water or other liquid to, with a sponge, cloth, etc.: to bathe a wound.
to wash over or against, as by the action of the sea, a river, etc.: incoming tides bathing the coral reef.
to cover or surround: a shaft of sunlight bathing the room; a morning fog bathing the city.
verb (used without object), bathed, bathing.
to take a bath or sunbath.
to swim for pleasure.
to be covered or surrounded as if with water.
British. the act of bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.

before 1000; Middle English bath(i)en, Old English bathian, equivalent to bæth bath1 + -ian infinitive suffix

rebathe, verb, rebathed, rebathing.

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bathe (beɪð)
1.  (intr) to swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river, esp for pleasure
2.  (tr) 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.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to wash in a bath
5.  (tr; often passive) to suffuse: her face was bathed with radiance
6.  (tr) (of water, the sea, etc) to lap; wash: waves bathed the shore
7.  (Brit) a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river
[Old English bathian; related to Old Norse batha, Old High German badōn]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. baþian "to wash, lave, bathe" (trans. and intrans.), from root of bath (q.v.), with different vowel sound due to i-mutation.
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Example sentences
The only place to bathe in hot spring water is at the bathhouses.
Having evolved in temperate climates, tigers are less tolerant of heat and
  often bathe in water to cool off.
People rely on precipitation for fresh water to drink, bathe, and irrigate
  crops for food.
He is about to drink some of that health-giving water, or to gargle or inhale
  it or perhaps to bathe in it.
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