bathe

1 of 2

verb

bathed; bathing

transitive verb

1
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
bather noun

bathe

2 of 2

noun

1
2
British : swim, dip

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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At Sing Sing Correctional Facility, in Ossining, New York, a spotlight shines down not on a yard lined with barbed wire but on a stage bathed in radiant blue. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 12 July 2024 In a different photo, Messi's bathing young Yamal in a plastic tub. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 10 July 2024 Warm bath: If bath time is typically a soothing experience for your baby, try bathing them in lukewarm water. Wendy L. Hunter, Parents, 9 July 2024 Its floral notes transfer to palate alongside flavors of golden Delicious apple and lemon grass bathed in vivid acidity. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 23 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for bathe 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Old English bathian; akin to Old English bæth bath

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bathe was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bathe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bathe. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bathe

verb
ˈbāt͟h
bathed; bathing
1
: to take a bath
2
: to go swimming
3
: to give a bath to
bathe the baby
4
: to apply a liquid to
bathe the eyes
5
: to cover with or as if with a liquid
a scene bathed in moonlight
bather
ˈbā-t͟hər
noun

Medical Definition

bathe

1 of 2 verb
bathed; bathing

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

2 of 2 noun
British
: the act or action of bathing : bath

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