- to immerse (all or part of the body) in water or some other liquid, for cleansing, refreshment, etc.
- to wet; wash.
- to moisten or suffuse with any liquid.
- to apply water or other liquid to, with a sponge, cloth, etc.: to bathe a wound.
- to wash over or against, as by the action of the sea, a river, etc.: incoming tides bathing the coral reef.
- to cover or surround: a shaft of sunlight bathing the room; a morning fog bathing the city.
- the act of bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river.
- a swimming bath.
Origin of bathe
before 1000; Middle English bath(i)en, Old English bathian, equivalent to bæth bath1 + -ian infinitive suffix
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With little water and only a few hours of electricity a day they were unable to shower or bathe the 25 children in the apartment.Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age
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I remember getting up and going in to bathe him and dress him.Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror Goes Beyond Tuam’s Dead Infants
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Women would first bathe their feet in a mixture of vinegar and natural vegetation.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends
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When we get home from work we are already tired and the last thing we want to do is feed, bathe, play with a kid.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
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It was one of the regular delights of the household to see them bathe.Malbone
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I have had your tent pitched, Doctor Winkleman; and you must bathe and change and rest.The Leopard Woman
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I bathe my face and tell my beads with my whole soul, and that is all.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
If the limbs be swelled, or joints stiff, it will be proper to foment them with warm vinegar, or bathe them in lukewarm water.
Here we bathe, wash our shirts, and draw our supplies of water.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
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- (intr) to swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river, esp for pleasure
- (tr) to apply liquid to (skin, a wound, etc) in order to cleanse or soothe
- to immerse or be immersed in a liquidto bathe machine parts in oil
- mainly US and Canadian to wash in a bath
- (tr; often passive) to suffuseher face was bathed with radiance
- (tr) (of water, the sea, etc) to lap; washwaves bathed the shore
- British a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river
Old English bathian; related to Old Norse batha, Old High German badōn
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Word Origin and History for bathe
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