The action of soaking or washing yourself in water is a bath. You might take a bubble bath to relax before bed after a stressful day.

Your soak in soapy water is a bath, and the tub in which you're lying is also a bath. Other containers of water are baths too, particularly in cooking: "If the custard's sitting in a hot water bath, it will cook more evenly." While the Old English root bæð means "immersing in water," it also means "immersing in mud." If an investor "takes a bath," it means, colloquially, that she loses a lot of money.

Definitions of bath
  1. noun
    a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
    synonyms: bathing tub, bathtub, tub
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    a small bathtub for warming or washing or disinfecting the feet
    hot tub
    a very large tub (large enough for more than one bather) filled with hot water
    hip bath, sitz bath
    a bathtub in which your buttocks and hips are immersed as if you were sitting in a chair and you bathe in a sitting position
    type of:
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  2. noun
    you soak and wash your body in a bathtub
    “he has a good bath every morning”
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    bubble bath
    a bath in which you add something to foam and scent the bath water
    (Hebrew) a ritual purification and cleansing bath that Orthodox Jews take on certain occasions (as before Sabbath or after menstruation)
    mud bath
    a bath in warm mud (as for treating rheumatism)
    type of:
    bathing, washup
    the act of washing yourself (or another person)
  3. noun
    a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it)
    “she soaked the etching in an acid bath
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    type of:
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  4. noun
    a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
    synonyms: bathroom
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    type of:
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
  5. verb
    clean one's body by immersion into water
    synonyms: bathe
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    bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
    type of:
    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  6. noun
    an ancient Hebrew liquid measure equal to about 10 gallons
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    type of:
    liquid measure, liquid unit
    a unit of capacity for liquids (for measuring the volumes of liquids or their containers)
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