- to wash or bathe
- to flow along or against
- to dip or pour with or as with a ladle
Origin of laveMiddle English laven ; from Old English and amp; OFr: Old English lafian (akin to Middle Dutch laven, Old High German labon) ; from Classical Latin lavare; Old French laver ; from Classical Latin lavare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lou-, to wash from source lather, lye
Origin of laveOld English laf: see leave
transitive verblaved, lav·ing, laves
- To wash; bathe.
- To lap or wash against: Waves laved the shore.
- To refresh or soothe as if by washing: “The quiet and the cool laved her” (Edna Ferber).
Origin of laveMiddle English laven, from Old English gelafian and from Old French laver, both from Latin lavare; see leu(&schwa;)- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present laves, present participle laving, simple past and past participle laved)
From Middle English laven (“to wash, pour out, stream"), from Old English lafian, Ä¡elafian (“to pour water on, refresh, wash"), from Proto-Germanic *labÅnÄ… (“to refresh, strengthen"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÅbh- (“to strengthen oneself, rest"). Cognate with Old Saxon lavÅn (Dutch laven, “to refresh, revive"), Old High German labÅn, labian (German laben, “to wash, refresh"), Ancient Greek Î»Î±Ï€Î¬Î¶ÎµÎ¹Î½ (lapazein), á¼€Î»Î±Ï€Î¬Î¶ÎµÎ¹Î½ (lapÃ¡zein, “to empty out, cleanse; to rest, refresh"). The sense of "wash" in West Germanic was reinforced due to association with unrelated Latin lavare (“to wash").
From Middle English lave, laif, lafe (“remainder, rest, that which is left"), from Old English lÄf (“lave, remainder, rest"), from Proto-Germanic *laibÅ (“remainder"), from Proto-Indo-European *lip- (“to stick, glue"). Cognate with Old High German leiba (“lave"), Old Norse leif (“lave"), Old English belÄ«fan (“to remain"). More at belive.