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lave1

[leyv] /leɪv/
verb (used with object), laved, laving.
1.
to wash; bathe.
2.
(of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
3.
Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.
verb (used without object), laved, laving.
4.
Archaic. to bathe.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English laven, partly < Old French laver < Latin lavāre to wash; partly representing Old English lafian to pour water on, wash, itself perhaps < Latin lavāre
Related forms
unlaved, adjective
unlaving, adjective

lave2

[leyv] /leɪv/
noun, Scot.
1.
the remainder; the rest.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English (Scots); Old English lāf; cognate with Old High German leiba, Old Norse leif, Gothic laiba; akin to leave1

lave3

[leyv] /leɪv/
adjective, British
1.
(of ears) large and drooping.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; special use of lave1
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Examples for lave
  • Here, nuts talk to nuts, and are greeted with scorn whenever they lave their little nutty circles.
British Dictionary definitions for lave

lave

/leɪv/
verb
1.
an archaic word for wash
Word Origin
Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lave
lave
O.E. gelafian "wash by pouring, pour (water)," possibly an early Eng. or W.Gmc. borrowing of L. lavare "to wash," or its O.Fr. descendant, laver. L. lavare is from PIE *lou- "to wash" (cf. L. luere "to wash," Gk. louein "to wash, bathe," O.Ir. loathar "basin," Bret. laouer "trough," O.E. leaþor "lather").
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