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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
Historical Examples
  • The true expectorator is within, laved in his own home-made suds.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Among other things, the bones of the king's mother are laved with human blood.

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

  • On the under side the fore wings are pink, laved with buff at the tip.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • On the under side the fore wings are buff, laved with reddish at the base.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • Mualox filled the hollow of his hand with water, and laved her forehead.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • She turned to him where he stood on the hearth, and laved him with a fond and exultant look.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • There were nice baths in the vicinity, where we laved before breakfast.

    Los Gringos

    H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
  • He laved his eyelids in it, as in a woodland brook after the heat of noon.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • And the wind was cold; it bathed the burning skin; laved the fevered lungs.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
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").

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