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.

Nearby words

  1. bath stone,
  2. bath tissue,
  3. bath towel,
  4. bath water,
  5. bath-sheba,
  6. bathed,
  7. bather,
  8. bathers,
  9. bathetic,
  10. bathhouse

Origin of bathe

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

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

Can be confusedbath bathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bathe

British Dictionary definitions for bathe



(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
Derived Formsbather, noun

Word Origin for bathe

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

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Word Origin and History for bathe



Old English baþian "to wash, lave, bathe" (transitive and intransitive), from root of bath (q.v.), with different vowel sound due to i-mutation. Related: Bathed; bathing.

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