sun·bathe | \ˈsən-ˌbāt͟h \
sunbathed; sunbathing; sunbathes

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sunbather \ˈsən-ˌbā-t͟hər \ noun

Examples of sunbathe in a Sentence

People were sunbathing on the beach.

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From kissing to sunbathing to volleyball, summer this year is going to be one hell of a ride. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "“The Kissing Booth” Sequel: Everything We Know About the Possible Movie," 12 July 2018 After jumping back into her rigorous post-baby workout regimen six weeks after welcoming True on April 16, the 34-year-old star sunbathed in a vibrant yellow bikini this weekend alongside sister Kendall Jenner. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Khloé Kardashian Slips Back Into Her Bikini Less Than 3 Months After Giving Birth to Daughter True," 2 July 2018 Passengers on Vista’s Serenity deck were surprised when several Russian couples arrived, chose empty loungers, and removed all of their clothes to lie down to sunbathe. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 2018 The parade starts at 10 a.m., fireworks from the Huntington Beach Pier start at 9 p.m., with live entertainment, food and sunbathing in between. Jeanette Marantos,, "Skip the fines and fires caused by illegal shows. L.A. has plenty of legal fireworks displays," 3 July 2018 On June 21, 1979, Louise was sunbathing in her yard with her mother, Lou Davis. Juliet Muir, NBC News, "Family still searching for Louise Davis on 39th anniversary of her disappearance," 1 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:40 Six-foot crocodile spotted sunbathing on Beach in Hollywood, FL Advertisement Beachgoers spotted a crocodile on a beach in Hollywood, FL on Nov. 20. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "This alligator didn't mind saltwater as it swam and sunned itself on a Florida beach," 19 June 2018 Plenty of folks come to the lake to walk, or sunbathe, but the DNR and other groups such as Openlands are helping them get into the water on boats. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "DNR hosts free events for public to explore Lake Michigan Water Trail," 1 July 2018 Treat yourself to lunch with a view at River’s End Restaurant (and keep an eye out for sunbathing seals on Goat Rock Beach just below), before embarking on the next leg of your road trip. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days On California's Russian River and Sonoma Coast," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sunbathe

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunbathe

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English Language Learners Definition of sunbathe

: to sit or lie in the light of the sun especially in order to make your skin darker


sun·bathe | \ˈsən-ˌbāt͟h \
sunbathed; sunbathing

Kids Definition of sunbathe

: to sit or lie in the rays of the sun to get a tan

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