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View synonyms for lave

lave

1

[ leyv ]

verb (used with object)

, laved, lav·ing.
  1. to wash; bathe.
  2. (of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
  3. Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.


verb (used without object)

, laved, lav·ing.
  1. Archaic. to bathe.

lave

2

[ leyv ]

noun

, Scot.
  1. the remainder; the rest.

lave

3

[ leyv ]

adjective

, British.
  1. (of ears) large and drooping.

lave

/ leɪv /

verb

  1. an archaic word for wash


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Other Words From

  • un·laved adjective
  • un·laving adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lave1

First recorded before 900; Middle English laven “to wash, bathe, moisten,” partly from Old French laver, from Latin lavāre “to wash, bathe”; partly from Old English lafian “to pour water on, wash,” gelafian “to wash, lave, refresh,” itself perhaps from Latin lavāre

Origin of lave2

First recorded before 1000; Middle English love, lave, loave, Old English lāf “remnant, remains”; cognate with Old High German leiba, Old Norse leif, Gothic laiba; akin to leave 1

Origin of lave3

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; special use of lave 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lave1

Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash
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Example Sentences

If that's th' kind iv job a sultan has, I'll lave it f'r anny wan to take that wants it.

Av this is Warter Pocket Canyon, we may not be able to foind this pass if we lave it.

Whin they come to see if he was dead, he got up, an' says he: 'Lave me at him.'

If you do, then I'll lave the chapel on the spot, and maybe you won't see me agin.

For the love of God, your reverence, would you lave me put my cap under my knees?

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