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

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 Inside, the rooms and suites exude a calm invitation to relax and bathe in the sunlight streaming in. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Windows high and low bathe the space in natural light. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Workers have had to use holes in the ground for toilets, bathe with makeshift showers, cook in unsanitary kitchens and live in tents and sleep on cots in shipping containers and in marijuana greenhouses, said Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler. Andrew Selsky, ajc, 4 Nov. 2021 In preparation for a hunt, whalers pray, fast, bathe ceremonially and sometimes take months to spiritually ready themselves. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Earlier this week, some Hindus were seen wading through the toxic foam to bathe and pray in the river. Rhea Mogul And Esha Mitra, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 Hot springs abound across Greenland, but the only springs warm enough to bathe in lie on Uunartoq, an uninhabited island off the territory's southern shores. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2021 One person described being treated worse than an animal, without regular food or the ability to bathe. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 More than 70 television screens — including the 10-foot-high, 123-foot long mother of them all — plus ticker tapes bathe the Center Court area in an LED glow, with broadcast game sound piped into the venue during big events (think Patriots games). BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2021

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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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2 Jan 2022

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“Bathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bathe. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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 : swim

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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