- 1 [intransitive] to take a bath I bathe every day. Which Word?bath / bathe / swim / sunbathe When you wash yourself, you can say that you bathe, but it is much more common to say take a bath. You can also bathe another person, for example a baby:Have you bathed the baby yet? You can bathe a part of your body, especially to clean a wound:Bathe the wound and apply a clean dressing. When you go swimming, you say that you swim, go for a swim, or go swimming:Let’s go for a quick swim in the pool. She goes swimming every morning before breakfast.What you wear for this activity is usually called a swimsuit or a bathing suit. When you lie in the sun in order to turn brown, you sunbathe.
- 2 [transitive] bathe somebody to give someone a bath Have you bathed the baby yet?
- 3 [transitive] bathe something to wash something with water, especially a part of your body Bathe the wound and apply a clean dressing.
- 4 [transitive] bathe something (in something) (literary) to fill or cover something with light The moon bathed the countryside in silver light.
- 5 [intransitive] (old-fashioned) to go swimming in the sea, a river, etc. for enjoyment see also sunbathe
NAmE//beɪð//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bathe
he / she / it bathes
past simple bathed
-ing form bathing