Definition of bathe in English:


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Pronunciation: /beɪð


[no object]
  • 1Wash by immersing one’s body in water: she was advised to bathe or shower daily
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    • People used the same water to bathe, wash their cows and drink,’ Bascombe related.
    • But what if the upstream community wants to use the water to bathe and wash clothes, and the result will be a shortage of drinking water for the downstream community?
    • In other news, I got to bathe in running water tonight!
  • 1.1 [with object] Soak or wipe gently with liquid to clean or soothe: she bathed and bandaged my knee
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    • Use cotton wool, or a pad for removing make-up, to soak up this mix and gently bathe the eyes.
    • Hop Sing continued to gently bathe the wound; although there was little point it offered some comfort and hope to the young man.
    • After meals, gently bathe the site with warm salt water (one teaspoon of table salt to a glass).
    cleanse, clean, wash, rinse, wet, moisten; soak, immerse; disinfect
  • 1.2 [with object] North American Wash (someone) in a bath: they bathed the baby
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    • Anyway, with my terrier, sometimes I bathe her to wash the allergens off.
    • In the naming ritual, the grandmother kneels and washes the mother's hair, then bathes the baby.
    • No one ever taught me how to actually bathe a baby!
  • 2chiefly British Swim or spend time in the sea or a lake, river, or pool for pleasure: occasionally I bathed in the lido swimming pool
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    • I would land from time to time and swim and bathe in the lake and watch as white birds lifted from the water and soared off to the clouds.
    • Summer now exists only as a vague memory, a time when all was warm and I bathed in lakes and pools and kissed and danced (possibly).
    • Both men and donkeys stepped into the cool waters of the river, bathed and then spent some time under the green shady trees.
    swim, go swimming, take a dip, dip, splash around


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  • An act or spell of swimming or spending time in the water: a bathe in the cold North Sea
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    • I asked Dr Nigam: ‘Do you really believe that a bathe in the Ganges can cancel out a lifetime of sin?’
    • Odysseus tries to take neither a bathe nor bedding, but she insists.
    • International Women's Day was marked in Moscow yesterday with a mass bathe.


Old English bathian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German baden.

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