bathe

verb
\ˈbāt͟h \
bathed; bathing

Definition of bathe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : moisten, wet

2 : to wash in a liquid (such as water)

3 : to apply water or a liquid medicament to

4 : to flow along the edge of : lave

5 : to suffuse with or as if with light

intransitive verb

1 : to take a bath

2 : to go swimming

3 : to become immersed or absorbed

bathe

noun

Definition of bathe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 British : bath entry 1 sense 1

2 British : swim, dip

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Other Words from bathe

Verb

bather \ˈbā-​t͟hər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bathe

Synonyms: Verb

bedraggle, douse (also dowse), drench, drown, soak, sodden, sop, souse, wash, water, water-soak, waterlog, wet, wet down

Antonyms: Verb

dehydrate, desiccate, dry, parch, scorch, sear

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Examples of bathe in a Sentence

Verb

the cool waters of the North Atlantic bathe the island's shores bathe your contact lens with the solution before inserting them

Noun

We went for a bathe in the sea.
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But all Scruff-a-Luvs need is a little TLC: Simply bathe, dry and groom your pet, and you’ll be set. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Hottest toys for Christmas (unicorn poop included)," 28 Nov. 2018 Hoekstra, who partners with World Vision, said much of the water Africans must depend on is also water that animals use and people bathe in, leaving it open to all manner of diseases. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "Darien pastor organizes runners to raise funds for clean water," 11 May 2018 Carefully bathe Spot with this mixture, which works like a deodorizing bleach, but be diligent about avoiding the eyes, as this concoction burns sensitive tissue. Janine M. Kahn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Do When Your Dog Rolls in Disgusting Stuff, According to Vets," 5 Sep. 2018 Its profusion of windows, skylights and tubes designed to bring sunlight deep into building interiors bathe the facility in gentle natural light. Ken Wells, WSJ, "More Buildings Are Going Green. Literally.," 26 June 2018 In a cold room at Temple University, in landlocked Philadelphia, finger-sized fragments of coral bathe in four small tanks of seawater. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Coral Must Die," 25 June 2018 Perry always tried to maintain his independence, only having nurses come daily to bathe him and change his clothes. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Berry Perry, beloved peanut salesman, found dead in his home," 13 Feb. 2018 The first group to bathe were white people, who left the dirt from their bodies in the pool, and then a second group bathed, marring themselves with dirt — brown people. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "The Importance of Rejecting Beauty Standards That Reject My Brownness," 27 Mar. 2018 Residents said the water stains white clothes and forces them to purchase bottled water with which to drink, cook and bathe, according to the lawsuit. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Customers sue embattled Compton water district over discolored water," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bathe

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bathe

Verb

Middle English, from Old English bathian; akin to Old English bæth bath

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The first known use of bathe was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for bathe

bathe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take a bath : to wash yourself in a bath

: to wash (someone) in a container filled with water : to give a bath to (someone)

: to swim for pleasure

bathe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bathe (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of swimming for pleasure

bathe

verb
\ˈbāt͟h \
bathed; bathing

Kids Definition of bathe

1 : to take a bath I like to bathe in the evening.

2 : to give a bath to bathe the baby

3 : to go swimming We bathed in the ocean.

4 : to apply a liquid to for washing or rinsing bathe the eyes

5 : to cover with or as if with a liquid The room was bathed in sunlight.

Other Words from bathe

bather noun

bathe

verb
\ˈbāt͟h \
bathed; bathing

Medical Definition of bathe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wash in a liquid (as water)

2 : to apply water or a liquid medicament to bathe the eye with warm water

intransitive verb

: to take a bath

bathe

noun

Medical Definition of bathe (Entry 2 of 2)

British

: the act or action of bathing : bath

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