One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she bathed and went down to dinner’
have a bath, take a bath, wash, clean, soak, shower, douche
humorous, formal perform one's ablutions
2‘his arm was bathed and the wound was lanced’
cleanse, clean, wash, rinse, wet, moisten
3‘they bathed the baby’
give ... a bath, wash, clean, soak, douche, soap
4‘occasionally I bathed in the local swimming pool’
swim, go swimming, take a dip, dip, splash around
5‘the room was suddenly bathed in light’
suffuse, envelop, permeate, cover, pervade, wash, saturate, imbue, fill, load, impregnate, inform, steep, colour
1‘we would lie together in the sun after a bathe’
swim, dip, dive, plunge, paddle
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