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, 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Another thing that will not work is seasonal mood lighting, or colors linked to holidays or sports teams, like those that often bathe City Hall and Coit Tower. San Francisco Chronicle, "Atop Salesforce Tower, one of the world’s highest works of public art comes to light," 20 May 2018 Until then, many Charlotte-area residents will continue to drink, cook and bathe in the bottled water that Duke gives them. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "They’ve used bottled water to drink, cook, bathe for 1,000 days. When will taps flow again?," 11 Jan. 2018 The pair nap together, eat together, and even bathe together. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "Baby and Bulldog Share the Same Birthday—and They Think They're Brothers," 10 Aug. 2015 The children had no place to bathe or sleep, and barely any food. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Thai Cave Rescue Cannot Save Us From National Shame," 11 July 2018 Under the pretext of taking her to bathe, the complaint states, the child was lured away from her mother and transferred to a shelter in Connecticut. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Two Children Being Held In Connecticut After Separation From Parents At Border File Suit Against Government," 6 July 2018 There is no need to slave over the hot oven or bathe in flour to impress the people on your holiday gift list. Indianapolis Star, "Quick-Fix Food Gifts," 5 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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