bathe

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

Synonyms for bathe

Synonyms: Verb

lap, lave, lip, splash, wash

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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

Her team of doctors and migrant advocates talked to 30 youths, some of whom said they had not been allowed to bathe for weeks. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Texas is sending 1,000 more National Guard troops to the border," 21 June 2019 The laser would bathe the panels in light a hundred times as bright as sunshine, keeping the ion engine running from here to Pluto, about 4 billion miles away. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, "These New Technologies Could Make Interstellar Travel Real," 13 Mar. 2019 Walk along the cliff-top to the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay, and bathe your feet in the North Sea. National Geographic, "Hiking England Coast to Coast," 12 June 2019 Desai also urges pet owners to bathe cats or dogs often, since fur can track in unwanted pollen, as well. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Surviving Allergy Season," 22 Mar. 2019 An Arizona man was accused of pretending to have Down syndrome and hired caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers, police said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Arizona man fakes having Down syndrome, hires women to bathe him and change his diapers: police," 15 Sep. 2018 Many no-riding camps allow tourists to walk with elephants, feed them bananas and bathe them. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "Should Tourists Ride Elephants in Thailand?," 10 Aug. 2018 Inside the PhoneSoap are blue bulbs under glass and a reflective surface that helps bathe the device in cleansing light. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, WSJ, "Should I Sanitize My Smartphone?," 27 July 2018 Full tanks of water were set up for people to be able to bathe, and a large video screen showed soccer programming and then cartoons for the kids. Rebecca Blackwell, The Seattle Times, "Migrants to rest, hope to win mass transport to Mexico City," 31 Oct. 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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bathe

verb

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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