verb, transitive + intransitive

ab·​lute ə-ˈblüt How to pronounce ablute (audio)
abluted; abluting; ablutes
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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ablute was in 1703

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“Ablute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablute. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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