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 bathe (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 Monkeys like Tomiko started to bathe at the onsen at Jigokudani nearly 60 years ago. Maciek Pożoga, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Japan’s Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culture," 5 Jan. 2021 No one, not their kids or grandkids, were allowed to feed or bathe her. Usman T. Malik, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love,’ by Usman T. Malik," 11 Dec. 2020 Fall is cane syrup season in pockets of the Deep South, where people still gather to grind sugar cane and boil its juice into dark, sweet syrup in iron kettles big enough to bathe in. New York Times, "Reviving a Crop and an African-American Culture, Stalk by Stalk," 8 Dec. 2020 In 2018, half of nursing assistants — who help residents bathe, feed and care for themselves — earned less than $13.38 per hour. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 vaccines may not work on nursing home patients. Is it worth the risk to try anyway?," 4 Dec. 2020 And among the Black fathers who do live with their children, a higher percentage of them bathe, dress or diaper their kids compared with White dads, the study found. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Racial microaggressions take a major toll on Black Americans," 4 Dec. 2020 Those spicy and fruity aromas are so delicious, you might even be tempted to bathe in it. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Celebrate the Yuletide Season by Bathing in a Hot Tub Full of Mulled Wine," 1 Dec. 2020 To cleanse their sins and achieve rebirth, worshipers bathe at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers (and a third, mythical river called the Saraswati). Rajesh Kumar Singh, National Geographic, "What history tells us about Thanksgiving in tough times," 16 Nov. 2020 Elders have said that to bathe in snow is to remain strong, and to be prepared for hard times. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, "From Everyday Life to Winter Rituals, These Photographs Show the Life of the Navajo Nation in Arizona," 26 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bathe. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for bathe

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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