bathes, bathing, bathed
1) VERB If you bathe in a sea, river, or lake, you swim, play, or wash yourself in it. Birds and animals can also bathe. [mainly BRIT, FORMAL]

[V prep/adv] The police have warned the city's inhabitants not to bathe in the polluted river.

[V prep/adv] ...small ponds for the birds to bathe in. [Also V]

Derived words:
bathing N-UNCOUNT

Nude bathing is not allowed.

...Britain's 440 designated bathing beaches.

N-SING: usu a N
Bathe is also a noun.

Fifty soldiers were taking an early morning bathe in a nearby lake.

2) VERB When you bathe, you have a bath. [AM; also BRIT, FORMAL]

At least 60% of us now bathe or shower once a day.

3) VERB If you bathe someone, especially a child, you wash them in a bath. [AM; also BRIT, FORMAL]

Back home, Shirley plays with, feeds and bathes the baby.

4) VERB If you bathe a part of your body or a wound, you wash it gently or soak it in a liquid.

[V n] Bathe the infected area in a salt solution...

[V n] She paused long enough to bathe her blistered feet.

5) VERB If a place is bathed in light, it is covered with light, especially a gentle, pleasant light.

[be V-ed in n] The arena was bathed in warm sunshine...

[V-ed] I was led to a small room bathed in soft red light...

[V n in n] The lamp behind him seems to bathe him in warmth. [Also V n]

6) See also sunbathe

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Bathe — (b[=a][th]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bathed} (b[=a][th]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bathing}.] [OE. ba[eth]ien, AS. ba[eth]ian, fr. b[ae][eth] bath. See 1st {Bath}, and cf. {Bay} to bathe.] 1. To wash by immersion, as in a bath; to subject to a bath. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bathe — Bathe, v. i. 1. To bathe one s self; to take a bath or baths. They bathe in summer. Waller. [1913 Webster] 2. To immerse or cover one s self, as in a bath. To bathe in fiery floods. Shak. Bathe in the dimples of her cheek. Lloyd. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bathe — Bathe, n. The immersion of the body in water; as, to take one s usual bathe. Edin. Rev. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bathe — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Klaus Jürgen Bathe (* 1943), deutscher Ingenieurswissenschaftler und Professor für Maschinenbau am Massachusetts Institute of Technology Walter Bathe (1892–1959), deutscher Schwimmer Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bathe — bāth vb, bathed; bath·ing vt 1) to wash in a liquid (as water) 2) to apply water or a liquid medicament to <bathe the eye with warm water> vi to take a bath bathe n Brit the act or action of bathing: BATH …   Medical dictionary

  • bathe — [ beıð ] verb * 1. ) transitive AMERICAN to wash someone in a BATHTUB: I ll bathe the baby for you. a ) intransitive to wash yourself, especially in a BATHTUB 2. ) intransitive to swim in a river or lake, or in the ocean 3. ) transitive to cover… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bathe — (v.) O.E. baþian to wash, lave, bathe (trans. and intrans.), from root of BATH (Cf. bath) (q.v.), with different vowel sound due to ↑ i mutation. Related: Bathed; BATHING (Cf. bathing) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bathe — bathe, bath ou bathouse adj. Beau : Une bathe gonzesse. / Bon : Merci, t es bath. / Agréable : Le cinoche, c est bath. / Bath au pieu, adroit en amour. □ n.m. Vrai, authentique : C est pas du toc, c est du bath …   Dictionnaire du Français argotique et populaire

  • bathe — [bāth] vt. bathed, bathing [ME bathen < OE bathian < bæth, BATH1] 1. to put into a liquid; immerse 2. to give a bath to; wash 3. to wet or moisten [sweat bathed his brow] 4 …   English World dictionary

  • bathe — index imbue, immerse (plunge into), permeate, pervade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bathe — [v] wash with water and, usually, soap bath, clean, cleanse, dip, douse, dunk, flood, hose, imbathe, imbue, immerse, moisten, rinse, scour, scrub, shower, soak, soap, sponge, steep, submerge, suffuse, tub, water, wet; concepts 161,165 Ant. dirty …   New thesaurus

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