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From Middle English *bebathen (attested as bebathed), from Old English bebaþian, bibaþian (to bathe, wash), equivalent to be- (all over, completely) +‎ bathe.



bebathe (third-person singular simple present bebathes, present participle bebathing, simple past and past participle bebathed)

  1. (transitive, archaic or obsolete) To bathe all over; bathe completely; suffuse.
    • 1880, Richard Hakluyt, Edward John Payne, Voyages of the Elizabethan Seamen to America:
      [] and everyone with a dagger in their hand, (which dagger they call a creese, and is as sharp as a razor) stab themselves to the heart, and with their hands all do bebathe themselves in their own blood, and falling grovelling on their faces so end their days.