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 Each studio has areas to relax, sleep and bathe (one has a spa tub and sauna and the other has a shower). oregonlive, "Zen-like getaways: Oregon offers calm vacation destinations (and ideas for your home)," 26 June 2020 Encourage the individual to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water. Leah Groth, Health.com, "What is Hyperthermia? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments You Need to Know," 23 June 2020 Starting that Thursday night until Floyd's funeral, downtown Detroit was to bathe its skyscrapers in purple light, to symbolize justice. Bill Laitner, Freep.com, "Metro Detroit marches in step with nation at racial crossroads," 14 June 2020 The lights from the police cruisers, which have escorted this group along the way, bathe the protesters in flashes of red and blue. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit protests, Day 8: Evening ends with a birthday wish for Breonna Taylor," 5 June 2020 Doctors sometimes bathe the most critically ill patients while nurses clean their floors. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "More from inside the coronavirus ‘red box’ at Dallas’ Parkland hospital, including some crucial lessons for us all," 18 May 2020 Others bathe their competitors in hot and cold water just before the jump. Will Mccarthy, New York Times, "Another Covid-19 Loss? The Jumping Frog Jubilee," 11 May 2020 On a crisp Saturday morning, there are more than 200 cars, most of them belonging to those who bathe, brush, walk, exercise and train the hundreds of horses in the stables. Los Angeles Times, "Hundreds of workers shelter in stables at Santa Anita, trying to survive racing ban," 18 Apr. 2020 Some bathe their homes in green lights – a method used to honor veterans for their sacrifice – to recognize workers and victims. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Alabama desperately wants to show appreciation. But how?," 3 Apr. 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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30 Jun 2020

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“Bathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bathe. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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