A mother about to bathe her baby.
To jump in a lake and swim after a long day of hiking is an example of to bathe.
transitive verbbathed, bath′ing
- to put into a liquid; immerse
- to give a bath to; wash
- to wet or moisten: sweat bathed his brow
- to cover or envelop as if with liquid: the trees are bathed in moonlight
Origin of batheMiddle English bathen from Old English bathian from bæth, bath
- to bathe oneself; take a bath or shower
- to go into or be in a body of water so as to swim, cool oneself, etc.
- to soak oneself in some substance or influence
verbbathed, bath·ing, bathes
- To take a bath.
- To go into the water for swimming or other recreation.
- To become immersed in or as if in liquid.
- To sunbathe.
- To immerse in liquid; wet.
- To wash in a liquid.
- To apply a liquid to for healing or soothing purposes: bathed the wound with iodine.
- To seem to wash or pour over; suffuse: a room that was bathed in sunlight.
Origin of batheMiddle English bathen from Old English bathian
(third-person singular simple present bathes, present participle bathing, simple past and past participle bathed)
- (intransitive) To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
- (intransitive) To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
- To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
- We bathe our baby before going to bed; other parents do it in the morning if they have time.
- To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.
- She bathed her eyes with liquid to remove the stinging chemical.
- The nurse bathed his wound with a sponge.
- The incoming tides bathed the coral reef.
- (figuratively, transitive and intransitive) To cover or surround.
- The room was bathed in moonlight.
- A dense fog bathed the city streets.
- (intransitive) To sunbathe.
- The women bathed in the sun.
- (UK, colloquial) The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.
- I'm going to have a midnight bathe tonight.