Waves laved the shore.
Origin of lave
- Middle English laven from Old English gelafian and from Old French laver both from Latin lavāre leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.