from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To take a bath.
  • intransitive v. To go into the water for swimming or other recreation.
  • intransitive v. To become immersed in or as if in liquid.
  • intransitive v. To sunbathe.
  • transitive v. To immerse in liquid; wet.
  • transitive v. To wash in a liquid.
  • transitive v. To apply a liquid to for healing or soothing purposes: bathed the wound with iodine.
  • transitive v. To seem to wash or pour over; suffuse: a room that was bathed in sunlight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  • v. To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
  • v. To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  • v. To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.
  • v. (transitive and intransitive) To cover or surround.
  • v. To sunbathe.
  • n. The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The immersion of the body in water.
  • intransitive v. To bathe one's self; to take a bath or baths.
  • intransitive v. To immerse or cover one's self, as in a bath.
  • intransitive v. To bask in the sun.
  • transitive v. To wash by immersion, as in a bath; to subject to a bath.
  • transitive v. To lave; to wet.
  • transitive v. To moisten or suffuse with a liquid.
  • transitive v. To apply water or some liquid medicament to.
  • transitive v. To surround, or envelop, as water surrounds a person immersed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place in a bath; immerse in water or other fluid, for cleanliness, health, or pleasure.
  • To apply water or other liquid to with a sponge, cloth, or the like, generally for therapeutic purposes.
  • To water moisten, or suffuse with any liquid.
  • To immerse in or surround with anything analogous to water: as, bathed in sunlight.
  • In zoology, to tint; tinge in a uniform manner, giving the appearance of one color seen through another: as, black bathed with purple, brown bathed with rosy, etc.
  • To take a bath; be in water or other liquid; go into water to bathe one's self.
  • To be immersed or surrounded as if with water.
  • n. The act of bathing; the immersion of the body in water: as, to take one's usual bathe. Edinburgh Rev.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. clean one's body by immersion into water
  • v. suffuse with or as if with light
  • v. cleanse the entire body
  • n. the act of swimming


Middle English bathen, from Old English bathian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bathen, from Old English baþian ("to bathe, wash"), from Proto-Germanic *baþōnan (“to bathe”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhe- (“to warm”). More at bath. (Wiktionary)


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