[ beyth ]
/ beɪð /

verb (used with object), bathed, bath·ing.

verb (used without object), bathed, bath·ing.


  1. the act of bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river.
  2. a swimming bath.

Origin of bathe

before 1000; Middle English bath(i)en, Old English bathian, equivalent to bæth bath1 + -ian infinitive suffix

Related forms

re·bathe, verb, re·bathed, re·bath·ing.

Can be confused

bath bathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bathe


/ (beɪð) /



British a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river

Derived Forms

bather, noun

Word Origin for bathe

Old English bathian; related to Old Norse batha, Old High German badōn
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