Definition of lave in English:


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Pronunciation: /leɪv


[with object] literary
1Wash: she ran cold water in the basin, laving her face and hands
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  • As one laved one's chest one could conjure up images of bowler hats on the coat rack, well-thumbed Police Gazettes, shoe polish and cigars.
1.1(Of water) wash against or over (something): the sea below laved the shore with small, agitated waves
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  • But in Salzburg, a land laved by mists and mountain air, all the star-power in the world fades away before the glory of Mozart, its most illustrious son.
  • He passes the time by visiting bathhouses, where he writhes in licentious congress soapy enough to lave his sins and conceal the nether regions forbade by Japanese censorship.
  • Took Nat to the beach, and as we approached the shore I caught the Most Holy Whiff, the perfume of fish and weeds and sun-laved water.


Old English lafian, from Latin lavare 'to wash'; reinforced in Middle English by Old French laver.



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  • And with a great deal of commotion, we did all our lavations.
  • Truthfully, any hamster I have, or don't have, will remain pretty stinky if his lavations are left to me.
  • Then Henry goes home, I have dinner and begin my lavations to relax before completing my homework.

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