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[leyv] /leɪv/
verb (used with object), laved, laving.
to wash; bathe.
(of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.
verb (used without object), laved, laving.
Archaic. to bathe.
Origin of lave1
before 900; Middle English laven, partly < Old French laver < Latin lavāre to wash; partly representing Old English lafian to pour water on, wash, itself perhaps < Latin lavāre
Related forms
unlaved, adjective
unlaving, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for laved
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  • Her expression was that of a bather enjoying the cool fresh water that laved and gurgled round her.

  • When we got back to camp, Dorothea laved the burns for me with cool milk.

  • They have little to say, for their souls are laved by the great natural forces.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • On the under side the fore wings are pink, laved with buff at the tip.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • Here I laved and wantoned with the water, or sportively played with my companion, leaving Emily to deal with hers at discretion.

    Memoirs Of Fanny Hill John Cleland
  • On the under side the fore wings are buff, laved with reddish at the base.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • And now she sat down under the leafless tree to weep; and in those bitter tears, childhood itself was laved from her soul forever.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mualox filled the hollow of his hand with water, and laved her forehead.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Raising her in his arms, Haward bore her to the brink of the stream, laved her face and chafed the small, cold hands.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • She turned to him where he stood on the hearth, and laved him with a fond and exultant look.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for laved


an archaic word for wash
Word Origin
Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for laved



c.1200, from Old English gelafian "wash by pouring, pour (water)," possibly an early English or West Germanic borrowing (cf. Dutch laven, German laben) of Latin lavare "to wash," or its Old French descendant, laver. Latin lavare is from PIE *leu(e)- "to wash" (cf. Latin luere "to wash," Greek louein "to wash, bathe," Old Irish loathar "basin," Breton laouer "trough," Old English leaþor "lather").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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