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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM lave

un·laved, adjectiveun·lav·ing, adjective

Definition for lave (2 of 3)

lave2
[ 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)

lave3
[ leyv ]
/ leɪv /

adjective British.

(of ears) large and drooping.

Origin of lave

3
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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