lave

noun
\ˈlāv \

Definition of lave 

(Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly dialectal

: something that is left : residue

lave

verb
laved; laving

Definition of lave (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : wash, bathe

b : to flow along or against

2 : pour

intransitive verb

archaic : to wash oneself : bathe

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Synonyms for lave

Synonyms: Verb

bathe, lap, lip, splash, wash

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Verb

Lave is a simple, monosyllabic word that magically makes the mundane act of washing poetic. Shakespeare used it in The Taming of the Shrew, when Gremio assured the father of his beloved Bianca that she would have "basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands." And in Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, Nell "laved her hands and face, and cooled her feet before setting forth to walk again." The poetry of "lave" is also heard when describing water washing against the shore, as in our example sentence, or even the pouring of water: "He … laved a few cool drops upon his brow" (John Lockhart, Reginald Dalton). Before washing our hands of "lave," we'll tell you its etymology: it, as well as "lavatory," comes from Latin lavare, meaning "to wash."

Examples of lave in a Sentence

Verb

the cold water from the stream gently laved her burned fingers

First Known Use of lave

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

History and Etymology for lave

Noun

Middle English (northern dialect), from Old English lāf; akin to Old English belīfan to remain — more at leave

Verb

Middle English, from Old English lafian, from Latin lavare

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