- 1[transitive] bathe something to wash something with water, especially a part of your body Bathe the wound and apply a clean dressing. His arm was bathed and the wound was lanced.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] bathe (somebody) (North American English) = bath Have you bathed the baby yet? I bathe every day. 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.
- 3[intransitive] (old-fashioned) to go swimming in the sea, a river, etc. for enjoyment see also sunbathe
- 4[transitive] bathe something (in something) (literary) to fill or cover something with light The moon bathed the countryside in a silver light. Word Origin Old English bathian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German baden.
BrE BrE//beɪð//; NAmE NAmE//beɪð//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bathe
BrE BrE//beɪð//; NAmE NAmE//beɪð//he / she / it bathes
BrE BrE//beɪðz//; NAmE NAmE//beɪðz//past simple bathed
BrE BrE//beɪðd//; NAmE NAmE//beɪðd//past participle bathed
BrE BrE//beɪðd//; NAmE NAmE//beɪðd//-ing form bathing
BrE BrE//ˈbeɪðɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪðɪŋ//