lave

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[ leyv ]
/ leɪv /

verb (used with object), laved, lav·ing.

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, lav·ing.

Archaic. to bathe.

Origin of lave

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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 formsun·laved, adjectiveun·lav·ing, adjective

Definition for lave (2 of 3)

lave

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[ leyv ]
/ leɪv /

noun Scot.

the remainder; the rest.

Origin of lave

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before 1000; Middle English (Scots); Old English lāf; cognate with Old High German leiba, Old Norse leif, Gothic laiba; akin to leave1

Definition for lave (3 of 3)

lave

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[ leyv ]
/ leɪv /

adjective British.

(of ears) large and drooping.

Origin of lave

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1350–1400; Middle English; special use of lave1
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British Dictionary definitions for lave

lave

/ (leɪv) /

verb

an archaic word for wash

Word Origin for lave

Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lave

lave


v.

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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