bathe

verb
\ ˈbāt͟h How to pronounce bathe (audio) \
bathed; bathing

Definition of bathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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)

2 British : swim, dip

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Other Words from bathe

Verb

bather \ ˈbā-​t͟hər How to pronounce bather (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for bathe

Synonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The one that doesn’t like to bathe or swim and can’t dance. Leslie Jamison, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Susan Sontag," 12 Sep. 2019 The wraps come off Wednesday at simultaneous events in its three biggest markets, where Porsche -- which has churned out roaring sports cars for seven decades -- will bathe the new car in a backdrop of sustainable-power imagery. Christoph Rauwald, Fortune, "Watch Out Tesla: Porsche Unveils Its First-Ever Electric Car," 4 Sep. 2019 People should avoid contact with soil or water in the affected area and should bathe or wash clothes as soon as possible after contact with soil or water near the creek. Dallas News, "Sewer overflow dumps into Plano's Cottonwood Creek; well owners urged to boil water," 17 July 2019 Wet clutches, which bathe the friction discs in hydraulic fluid, offer smoother engagement. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "What You Need to Know about Ford's PowerShift Transmission Problems," 13 May 2019 Others deteriorated over months, losing the ability to bathe themselves, and then to get dressed. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 Show him brotherly love, fatherly discipline, bring him in to the fold, bathe him in your team’s magically-spectacular camaraderie, and presto. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Is Antonio Brown’s helmet half-full or half-empty?," 18 Aug. 2019 The state attorney general later issued Skyline facilities more than $200,000 in civil fines for neglect, preventable falls, failure to bathe residents and maggots in a resident's personal medical equipment. NBC News, "A nursing home chain grows too fast and collapses, and elderly and disabled residents pay the price," 19 July 2019 One patient’s son described how the Sierra Leonean care worker called him to help her bathe his father’s body after his passing. Cati Coe, The Conversation, "‘Unskilled’ immigrants help to ease the pain of dying Americans," 25 June 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for bathe

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

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bathe

verb
How to pronounce bathe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US : to take a bath : to wash yourself in a bath
chiefly US : to wash (someone) in a container filled with water : to give a bath to (someone)
somewhat old-fashioned : to swim for pleasure

bathe

noun

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

British : the act of swimming for pleasure

bathe

verb
\ ˈbāt͟h How to pronounce bathe (audio) \
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 How to pronounce bathe (audio) \
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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