(third-person singular simple present laves, present participle laving, simple past and past participle laved)
- To draw, as water; drink in.
- To give bountifully; lavish.
- (intransitive) To run down or gutter, as a candle.
- (intransitive, dialectal) To hang or flap down.
- (intransitive, archaic) To wash.
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.