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Definition of sunbathe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sunbathe
he / she / it sunbathes
past simple sunbathed
-ing form sunbathing
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to sit or lie in the sun, especially in order to turn brown (= get a suntan ) We spent the day sunbathing and swimming. 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.
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