bath

1
[ bath, bahth ]
/ bæθ, bɑθ /

noun, plural baths [bath z, bahth z, baths, bahths] /bæðz, bɑðz, bæθs, bɑθs/.

verb (used with or without object), bathed, bath·ing. Chiefly British.

to wash or soak in a bath.

Idioms

    take a bath, Informal. to suffer a large financial loss: Many investors are taking a bath on their bond investments.

Origin of bath

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before 900; Middle English; Old English bæth; cognate with Old Frisian beth, Old Saxon, Old Norse bath, German Bad; < Germanic *bátha-n what is warmed, akin to Old High German bājan (German bähen), Swedish basa to warm; pre-Germanic *bheH- to warm, past participle *bhH-to-

Related forms

bath·less, adjective

Definition for bathing (2 of 2)

bathe

[ beyth ]
/ beɪð /

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

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

noun

British.
  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
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British Dictionary definitions for bathing (1 of 4)

Bath

/ (bɑːθ) /

noun

a city in SW England, in Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, on the River Avon: famous for its hot springs; a fashionable spa in the 18th century; Roman remains, notably the baths; university (1966). Pop: 90 144 (2001)Latin name: Aquae Sulis (ˈækwiːˈsuːlɪs)

British Dictionary definitions for bathing (2 of 4)

bathe

/ (beɪð) /

verb

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for bathing (3 of 4)

bath

1
/ (bɑːθ) /

noun plural baths (bɑːðz)

verb

British to wash in a bath

Word Origin for bath

Old English bæth; compare Old High German bad, Old Norse bath; related to Swedish basa to clean with warm water, Old High German bāen to warm

British Dictionary definitions for bathing (4 of 4)

bath

2
/ (bæθ) /

noun

an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about 8.3 Imperial gallons or 10 US gallons

Word Origin for bath

Hebrew
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Medicine definitions for bathing

bath

[ băth ]

n. pl. baths (băðz, băths)

The act of soaking or cleansing the body or any of its parts, as in water.
The apparatus used in giving a bath.
The fluid used to maintain the metabolic activities of an organism.
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Idioms and Phrases with bathing

bath


see take a bath; throw out the baby with the bath water.

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