verb, transitive + intransitive ab·lute \ə-ˈblüt, a-\

Definition of ablute






chiefly British

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of ablute

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

First Known Use: 1703

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