bathe

When you bathe, you wash yourself. A cat bathes itself by licking its fur with a rough tongue. If you're human, don't try that technique.

The word bathe generally means to clean yourself in a tub of water — as opposed to shower, which means to wash beneath a stream of water. You can, however, use this verb to describe almost any kind of cleansing: you might bathe the scrape on a child's knee with a soapy cloth. Poetically, the sun can also bathe, or saturate, something with light. In Britain, to bathe also means "to swim."

Definitions of bathe
  1. verb
    clean one's body by immersion into water
    “The child should bathe every day”
    synonyms: bath
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    types:
    foment
    bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
    type of:
    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  2. verb
    cleanse the entire body
    bathe daily”
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    types:
    shower
    take a shower; wash one's body in the shower
    type of:
    clean, cleanse
    clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
  3. noun
    the act of swimming
    “the Englishman said he had a good bathe
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    type of:
    swim, swimming
    the act of swimming
  4. verb
    suffuse with or as if with light
    “The room was bathed in sunlight”
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    type of:
    enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
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