verb, transitive + intransitive
ab·​lute | \ ə-ˈblüt How to pronounce ablute (audio) , a- \
abluted; abluting; ablutes

Definition of ablute

chiefly British
: to wash one's body : to perform one's ablutions : bathe … the minimalist bathroom where he ablutes every day.— Rosita Boland, Irish Times, 12 Oct. 2009 After I finished the paper, I headed to the bathroom to ablute myself, as is my wholesome Canadian habit.— Ian Brown, Globe and Mail, 13 Mar. 2004 — see also abluted

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First Known Use of ablute

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ablute

borrowed from Latin ablūtus, past participle of abluere “to wash off, cleanse,” or back-formation from abluted or ablution

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“Ablute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablute. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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