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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Where to stay: The Lighthouse Lodge is a bed and breakfast on Lake Shafer and Mallard Bay, featuring a stone lighthouse built in the 1930s, swimming areas and a large grassy area for sunbathing. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 Visitors can also swim, sunbathe and play volleyball. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 Or do stand-up paddleboard yoga, or hang out and sunbathe. Alix Boyle,, "To The Lake! On The Water For A Retreat Or A Paddleboard Adventure," 20 June 2019 All year, family and friends sent the recent graduate photos, texts and videos from the Vons — treating it the way tourists from the mainland might sunbathing at the Descanso Beach Club or staring at the island’s famous buffaloes. Gustavo Arellano,, "On Catalina Island, one of L.A.’s unofficial ‘food deserts’ parties over a humble Vons," 4 June 2019 In one video, Russian sailors appear to be sunbathing shirtless on the aft deck of the Admiral Vinogradov. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Video: Russian and U.S. Navy ships narrowly avoid collision Friday," 7 June 2019 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

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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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