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Definition of bathe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bathe
    he / she / it bathes
    past simple bathed
    -ing form bathing
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] bathe somebody to give someone a bath Have you bathed the baby yet?
  3. 3[transitive] bathe something to wash something with water, especially a part of your body Bathe the wound and apply a clean dressing.
  4. 4[transitive] bathe something (in something) (literary) to fill or cover something with light The moon bathed the countryside in silver light.
  5. 5[intransitive] (old-fashioned) to go swimming in the sea, a river, etc. for enjoyment see also sunbathe