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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
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British Dictionary definitions for laves

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 laves

lave

v.

c.1200, from Old English gelafian "wash by pouring, pour (water)," possibly an early English or West Germanic borrowing (cf. Dutch laven, German laben) of Latin lavare "to wash," or its Old French descendant, laver. Latin lavare is from PIE *leu(e)- "to wash" (cf. Latin luere "to wash," Greek louein "to wash, bathe," Old Irish loathar "basin," Breton laouer "trough," Old English leaþor "lather").

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