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."

Primary Meanings of bathe

1.
vn
clean one's body by immersion into water
the act of swimming
2.
v
suffuse with or as if with light
Full Definitions of bathe
1

v clean one's body by immersion into water

“The child should bathe every day”
Synonyms:
bath
Types:
foment
bathe with warm water or medicated lotions
Type of:
clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

v cleanse the entire body

bathe daily”
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

n the act of swimming

“the Englishman said he had a good bathe
Type of:
swim, swimming
the act of swimming
2

v suffuse with or as if with light

“The room was bathed in sunlight”
Type of:
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

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