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From Old English baþian.



bathen (third-person singular simple present batheth, present participle bathende, bathynge, first-/third-person singular past indicative and past participle bathed)

  1. To put something or someone in water:
    1. To bathe or wash something or someone.
    2. To bathe or immerse for curative reasons; to wash a wound
    3. To dip or quickly immerse someone.
    4. To shower or drench something or someone (usually in a liquid).
  2. To bathe; to have a bath or immerse oneself in liquid.
  3. To enjoy or relax in something; to benefit from something.
  4. (rare) To immerse or absorb in something; to cause immersion or absorption of something.
  5. (rare) To swim; to move in water.



  • English: bathe
  • Scots: bathe, baith, bauthe