bathe

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From Middle English bathen, from Old English baþian (to bathe, wash), from Proto-Germanic *baþōną (to bathe), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₁-, *bʰoh₁- (to warm). More at bath.

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bathe (third-person singular simple present bathes, present participle bathing, simple past and past participle bathed)

  1. (intransitive) To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  2. (intransitive) To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
  3. (transitive) To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
    We bathe our baby before going to bed; other parents do it in the morning if they have time.
  4. (transitive) To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.
    She bathed her eyes with liquid to remove the stinging chemical.
    The nurse bathed his wound with a sponge.
    The incoming tides bathed the coral reef.
  5. (figuratively, transitive and intransitive) To cover or surround.
    The room was bathed in moonlight.
    A dense fog bathed the city streets.
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, BBC Sport:
      Although the encounter was bathed in sunshine, the match failed to reach boiling point but that will be of little concern to Gerard Houllier's team, who took a huge step forward before they face crucial matches against their relegation rivals.
  6. (intransitive) To sunbathe.
    The women bathed in the sun.

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Noun[edit]

bathe (plural bathes)

  1. (UK, colloquial) The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.
    I'm going to have a midnight bathe tonight.

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