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.
Recent Examples on the Web Go spearfishing with one of the local fishing charters, or sunbathe in the surprisingly wild Bahia Honda State Park, where there are sandy beaches—a rarity in the Keys. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Weekend Getaway Ideas in the U.S.," 18 June 2020 Set up a picnic or sunbathe on this polyester outdoor blanket. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "The cutest summer essentials from Target, starting at just $3," 25 June 2020 People sunbathe and swim in Portals Nous beach in the island's municipality of Calvia on May 31 in Mallorca, Spain after all regions have entered either Phase One or Phase Two of the transition from its coronavirus lockdown. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "A Country-by-country Guide to Europe's Reopening," 23 June 2020 Go spearfishing near Marathon with one of the local fishing charters or sunbathe in the wilderness of Bahia Honda State Park, one of the prettiest spots in the Keys. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Although sunbathing and large gatherings are discouraged, beaches have been crowded up and down the coast, especially during the recent heat wave. Bruce Jenkins,, "Ups and downs for Northern California surfers during pandemic," 31 May 2020 In this case, about 20% of our tiny friends head straight for the water, while 30% plop down to sunbathe and the remaining 50% wander up and down the beach. Chris Wilson, Time, "Watch a Real-Time Simulation of How Well Social Distancing at the Beach Actually Works to Contain COVID-19," 29 May 2020 While locals flocked to popular spots to sunbathe, experts sounded alarms about the possible implications for the region’s wildfire season this summer, with some blazes already breaking out in recent months. NBC News, "Climate concerns as Siberia experiences record-breaking heat," 29 May 2020 In Savona, a dozen people were fined for violating sunbathing bans. Geir Moulson,, "Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash," 25 May 2020

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First Known Use of sunbathe

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunbathe

back-formation from sunbather

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The first known use of sunbathe was in 1917

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5 Aug 2020

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“Sunbathe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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