Definition of bathe in English:

bathe

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Wash by immersing one's body in water.

    ‘she was advised to bathe or shower daily’
    • ‘Once these people had barely enough water to drink or bathe in.’
    • ‘People bathe in the water, colourful saris and white dhotis fluttering in the breeze.’
    • ‘In other news, I got to bathe in running water tonight!’
    • ‘He is telling residents that it is OK to bathe with the water, but don't drink it.’
    • ‘Children washed clothes and bathed in the waters.’
    • ‘These include some very sensible measures such as to shower rather than bathe and to use buckets rather than hosepipes when washing cars.’
    • ‘Pagans bathe in salt water, burn sage, sweep away negative energy, etc., all in the belief they are ridding themselves or their sacred space of negativity.’
    • ‘So great is my fear of water that I bathe only once a week, and only in the form of a brief shower, never in the bathtub.’
    • ‘For most of them, a room of their own, where they can bathe, wash their clothes and sleep in their own bed every night, with a fridge and a hot plate and a door they can lock, would be Eden.’
    • ‘People used the same water to bathe, wash their cows and drink,’ Bascombe related.’
    • ‘It was very rare to obtain even a little hot water with which to bathe.’
    • ‘Residents used to bathe with the water but had to stop due to skin irritations.’
    • ‘After a hard day's work, we bathe in salted water.’
    • ‘He then disappears suddenly before Jack and Ralph themselves go off to the water hole to bathe, assuming that Simon has gone there as well.’
    • ‘Patients should bathe and wash their hair before they come into hospital.’
    • ‘I can't wait to go home and bathe and wash my hair.’
    • ‘We have to rely on the generosity of neighbours with water tanks to get water to cook and bathe after a hard day's work.’
    • ‘I wish we were permitted to bathe in fresh water, but I suppose they do need to save it all for the sick.’
    • ‘But what if the upstream community wants to use the water to bathe and wash clothes, and the result will be a shortage of drinking water for the downstream community?’
    • ‘Boiling water had been brought to the room before their arrival, and by the time they wanted to bathe, the water had cooled.’
    give a bath, have a bath, take a bath, wash, clean, soak, shower, douche, soap, freshen up
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1with object Soak or wipe gently with liquid to clean or soothe.
      ‘she bathed and bandaged my knee’
      • ‘After meals, gently bathe the site with warm salt water (one teaspoon of table salt to a glass).’
      • ‘Gavin was under the shade of a tree and Ariel brought cold water from the stream to bathe his head.’
      • ‘Hop Sing continued to gently bathe the wound; although there was little point it offered some comfort and hope to the young man.’
      • ‘If there is no bathtub, dissolve one ounce of Epsom salts in a pint of warm water and bathe the body all over with the mixture.’
      • ‘She bathes his feet and begins to move upward when Odysseus realizes that he has an old scar she will recognize.’
      • ‘The women poured potions from several bottles and began gently to bathe and wash his body.’
      • ‘At Mrs. J's direction, Sara propped his legs up on a couple of down pillows, covered him snugly and bathed his forehead with a cool washcloth.’
      • ‘The feet should be bathed frequently and all areas around the toes dried thoroughly.’
      • ‘Well I am exhausted and parts of me really hurt and I have to have some strange lady bathe me out of a bucket.’
      • ‘Use cotton wool, or a pad for removing make-up, to soak up this mix and gently bathe the eyes.’
      • ‘She bathes the ulcerated foot of a small child at Madam Carr's orphanage.’
      • ‘The masseuse bathes my feet then unlocks a few facial pressure points while I succumb to the ambient flute music and scents of clove and ylang-ylang oil.’
      • ‘Soak or bathe the affected part in vinegar or isopropyl alcohol for thirty minutes or until the pain is relieved.’
      • ‘He dipped the cloth into the warm water and softly bathed my sore feet.’
      • ‘It was with this that Hannah gently bathed Riko's face and neck, then buttoned his pajama top back up when she had finished.’
      cleanse, clean, wash, rinse, wet, moisten
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2North American with object Wash (someone) in a bath.
      ‘they bathed the baby’
      • ‘I also used to wash her feet when I couldn't bathe her fully.’
      • ‘How often you bathe your baby depends on the baby's age and the time of year.’
      • ‘In the naming ritual, the grandmother kneels and washes the mother's hair, then bathes the baby.’
      • ‘After having your upholstery and carpeting cleaned, it is important to bathe your dog regularly to prevent this problem from recurring.’
      • ‘We bring food, bathe them, cut their hair and clean their homes for them,’ Sinan said.’
      • ‘Billy takes the dog home, feeds him, bathes him, and gives him a place to sleep.’
      • ‘At night the couple share bedtime duties: Bill bathes the children, Yvonne gets them into their pajamas, and both tuck them into bed.’
      • ‘While I bathe my children, I edit the Sunday bulletin.’
      • ‘The next morning, the nurses bathe her, feed her a tasty breakfast, and set her in a chair at a window overlooking a lovely flower garden.’
      • ‘She tells him that Odysseus will not come back and calls her maids in to bathe the beggar and give him finer clothing.’
      • ‘Depending on your dog's lifestyle and breed, you will probably want to bathe him every month or two.’
      • ‘No one ever taught me how to actually bathe a baby!’
      • ‘Anyway, with my terrier, sometimes I bathe her to wash the allergens off.’
      • ‘His coat was still grimy, but she would bathe him later.’
      • ‘Miss Gage, the nurse, talks while she bathes him and takes his temperature.’
      • ‘Apparently there were stories about him telling the nannies, you know, and the nurses and things, how to bathe the children and so forth.’
      • ‘He also knew he would have to bathe her; hopefully Alexia would have something Isobel could wear for a bit.’
      • ‘Some parents bathe their children separately in the interests of both safety and one-on-one time.’
      • ‘We both play with her, make her meals, bathe her, put her to bed.’
      • ‘Don't allow pets in areas where food is prepared or handled, and don't bathe your pet or clean aquariums in the kitchen sink or bathtub.’
      give a bath, have a bath, take a bath, wash, clean, soak, shower, douche, soap, freshen up
      View synonyms
  • 2British Swim or spend time in the sea or a lake, river, or pool for pleasure.

    ‘occasionally I bathed in the lido swimming pool’
    • ‘It was held that one should not dig, bathe, swim or engage in anything in any activity on May Day, which might seem to have magical powers!’
    • ‘‘Fair enough,’ Troy answered and wandered outside the shelter to bathe in the river.’
    • ‘A million Hindus a year, from all over India, pilgrimage to this, the most sacred spot on India's most sacred river, to bathe in and to drink the water.’
    • ‘In their time off, the soldiers bathed in the river and gratefully supplemented their tasteless rations with local fruit and cheeses given to them by thankful nuns from the convent they guarded.’
    • ‘The sea was just a half a mile south of the fort and some men made plans to bathe in its waters tomorrow, while others just wanted to drink and eat and remain by the fires.’
    • ‘Summer now exists only as a vague memory, a time when all was warm and I bathed in lakes and pools and kissed and danced (possibly).’
    • ‘Will he have to bathe in the river by the light of the full moon as well?’
    • ‘Failing that, there's always a lake to bathe in.’
    • ‘Both men and donkeys stepped into the cool waters of the river, bathed and then spent some time under the green shady trees.’
    • ‘They bathe in a nearby river and then leave again.’
    • ‘Having just bathed ceremonially in the pool, men were drying their long, long hair in the sun.’
    • ‘As she went on to the creek and its pools where she could bathe, I took from my pack my Penguin edition of Don Quixote.’
    • ‘Finches love water and will bathe up to three times a day.’
    • ‘What would happen if I went to bathe in that river?’
    • ‘She climbed down the steps to bathe in the river, fully clad.’
    • ‘Both men bathed in the lake, enjoying a good swim in the early morning sun, then broke their fast with the leftovers from dinner before packing up the plane to head back to the complex.’
    • ‘Seton was but a small town, a fisherman's village where my friends and I would play and bathe in the waters.’
    • ‘I would land from time to time and swim and bathe in the lake and watch as white birds lifted from the water and soared off to the clouds.’
    • ‘Her inhabitants drive out to ski on slopes, to bathe in lakes, to climb to sacred sites.’
    • ‘I asked a woman who was bathing in the river, ‘Whose house is that on the riverbank?’’
    swim, go swimming, take a dip, dip, splash around
    View synonyms
  • 3with object Suffuse or envelop in something.

    ‘the park lay bathed in sunshine’
    • ‘Night has fallen and the moon bathes him in a silvery glow.’
    • ‘And at winter dusk, sky and snow are bathed in delicate colours which linger for hours.’
    • ‘Wiley bathes his figures in a vibrant red glow, as if the background color were actually radiant.’
    • ‘The New York Times reported on one such technique in which foods are bathed in a liquid solution of water and protein.’
    • ‘Tim stepped through into the light and allowed its warmth to bathe him.’
    • ‘It bathes us in its own sad aura of humiliation, and makes us feel grimly disappointed.’
    • ‘Sunlight streamed in and bathed Kami with its glow.’
    • ‘On a sunny Sunday that is unseasonably warm, the Pawson household is bathed in light and filled with the smell of roasting lamb.’
    • ‘Kita was immediately bathed in a pool of white light.’
    suffuse, envelop, permeate, cover, pervade, wash, saturate, imbue, fill, load, impregnate, inform, steep, colour
    View synonyms

noun

British
  • An act or spell of swimming or spending time in the water.

    ‘a bathe in the cold North Sea’
    • ‘I asked Dr Nigam: ‘Do you really believe that a bathe in the Ganges can cancel out a lifetime of sin?’’
    • ‘She went down to the lakeshore for her own bathe.’
    • ‘International Women's Day was marked in Moscow yesterday with a mass bathe.’
    • ‘Seawater is believed to have healthful benefits, and many British Virgin Islanders start their morning with a ‘sea bathe.’’
    • ‘Coming back to Mooney Falls tired but triumphant at the end of the day, we had a last bathe in that pool and scampered up the cliff like mice.’
    • ‘Odysseus tries to take neither a bathe nor bedding, but she insists.’
    swim, dip, dive, plunge, paddle
    View synonyms

Origin

Old English bathian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German baden.

Pronunciation

bathe

/beɪð/