Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To take a bath.
  • intransitive verb To go into the water for swimming or other recreation.
  • intransitive verb To become immersed in or as if in liquid.
  • intransitive verb To sunbathe.
  • intransitive verb To immerse in liquid; wet.
  • intransitive verb To wash in a liquid.
  • intransitive verb To apply a liquid to for healing or soothing purposes.
  • intransitive verb To seem to wash or pour over; suffuse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of bathing; the immersion of the body in water: as, to take one's usual bathe. Edinburgh Rev.
  • To place in a bath; immerse in water or other fluid, for cleanliness, health, or pleasure.
  • To apply water or other liquid to with a sponge, cloth, or the like, generally for therapeutic purposes.
  • To water moisten, or suffuse with any liquid.
  • To immerse in or surround with anything analogous to water: as, bathed in sunlight.
  • In zoology, to tint; tinge in a uniform manner, giving the appearance of one color seen through another: as, black bathed with purple, brown bathed with rosy, etc.
  • To take a bath; be in water or other liquid; go into water to bathe one's self.
  • To be immersed or surrounded as if with water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To bathe one's self; to take a bath or baths.
  • intransitive verb To immerse or cover one's self, as in a bath.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To bask in the sun.
  • noun The immersion of the body in water.
  • transitive verb To wash by immersion, as in a bath; to subject to a bath.
  • transitive verb To lave; to wet.
  • transitive verb To moisten or suffuse with a liquid.
  • transitive verb To apply water or some liquid medicament to.
  • transitive verb To surround, or envelop, as water surrounds a person immersed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  • verb intransitive To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
  • verb transitive To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  • verb transitive To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.
  • verb figuratively (transitive and intransitive) To cover or surround.
  • verb intransitive To sunbathe.
  • noun UK, colloquial The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb clean one's body by immersion into water
  • verb suffuse with or as if with light
  • verb cleanse the entire body
  • noun the act of swimming

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bathen, from Old English bathian.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bathen, from Old English baþian ("to bathe, wash"), from Proto-Germanic *baþōnan (“to bathe”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhe- (“to warm”). More at bath.

Examples

  • The scratch card machine at Mr Kuzmanovski's local newsagent claimed the word "bathe" matched a bathtub and not a swimmer.

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  • Court scratches out couple's $100,000 lotto win RAIL worker Bale Kuzmanovski thought he had struck gold when he matched a picture of a swimmer to the word "bathe" on his instant scratch card.

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  • Consequently, the only appropriate way for Spaniards to bathe is "from the knees down."

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • Watching her bathe was a sensual event in and of itself.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • Watching her bathe was a sensual event in and of itself.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • Watching her bathe was a sensual event in and of itself.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • Watching her bathe was a sensual event in and of itself.

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  • Guided by a sage named Noot, one who from the beginning had been appointed to her service and that of another -- thou, O Holly, wast that man -- she found the essence in which to bathe is to outlive Generations, Faiths, and

    Ayesha, the Return of She

  • At Shendy, on the contrary, they are greatly dreaded; the Arabs and the slaves and females, who repair to the shore of the river near the town every morning and evening to wash their linen, and fill their water-skins for the supply of the town, are obliged to be continually on the alert, and such as bathe take care not to proceed to any great distance into the river.

    Travels in Nubia

  • It was typical of Adele and her elfin fancies to "bathe" rather than "wash" her face and hands in the brook, when there was a sink with running water (brook water) right outside the lodge door.

    Incubus

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