- 1[transitive] bath somebody to give a bath to somebody It's your turn to bath the baby. He never bathed the kids when they were little.
- 2[intransitive] (old-fashioned) to have a bath Which Word?bath / bathe / swim / sunbathe When you wash yourself you can say that you bath (British English) or bathe (North American English), but it is much more common to say have a bath (British English) or take a bath (North American English). You can also bath (British English) or bathe (North American English) another person, for example a baby. You bathe a part of your body, especially to clean a wound. When you go swimming it is old-fashioned to say that you bathe, and you cannot say that you bath or take a bath. It is more common to use swim, go for a swim, have 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 swimming trunks. When you lie in the sun in order to go brown you sunbathe. Word Origin Old English bæth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bad and German Bad.
BrE BrE//bɑːθ//; NAmE NAmE//bæθ//(British English) (North American English bathe)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bath
BrE BrE//bɑːθ//; NAmE NAmE//bæθ//he / she / it baths
BrE BrE//bɑːθs//; NAmE NAmE//bæθs//past simple bathed
BrE BrE//bɑːθt//; NAmE NAmE//bæθt//past participle bathed
BrE BrE//bɑːθt//; NAmE NAmE//bæθt//-ing form bathing
BrE BrE//ˈbɑːθɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæθɪŋ//