sun·​bathe | \ ˈsən-ˌbāt͟h How to pronounce sunbathe (audio) \
sunbathed; sunbathing; sunbathes

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sunbather \ ˈsən-​ˌbā-​t͟hər How to pronounce sunbather (audio) \ noun

Examples of sunbathe in a Sentence

People were sunbathing on the beach.

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These light boxes emit around 10,000 lux (mimicking natural light) and are to be sunbathed in each morning for about 30 minutes. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Original SAD Lamp? The Best Tropical Light Fixtures to Ward Off Seasonal Blues," 12 Oct. 2018 The upper floors of the building have wide verandas, the lower level leads out onto a fragrant herb garden, and rim-flow pool and terrace for sunbathing and al fresco dining. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Here pictured, people sunbathe in blustery conditions at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Jan. 12. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "The Biggest Question in Australian Politics: How to Handle China," 24 Aug. 2018 Two shaggy Lakeland terriers are wrestling while a goofy-looking boxer sunbathes belly-up on a park bench. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 As a lone traveler, Delphine can float between sunbathing and people-watching, absorbing the leisurely pace of a Basque summer. Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Solo Trips Inspired by Female Travelers in Film," 7 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of sunbathe

1917, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce sunbathe (audio) \
sunbathed; sunbathing

Kids Definition of sunbathe

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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