bath1 /bɑːθ/


I. noun

1. a large container for water, used for immersing and washing the body.

the bedrooms have their own bath and shower.
he lay in the bath.
2. an act or process of immersing and washing one’s body in the water held by a bath

she took a long, hot bath.
3. (usu. baths)
(Brit.) a building containing a public swimming pool or washing facilities.

he told them to meet him at the baths.
they expected me to use the public baths.
(chiefly N. Amer.) a bathroom.

people are spending more money on their kitchen and bath.
5. [with modifier] a container holding a liquid in which something is immersed, typically when undergoing a process such as film developing.
II. verb [with obj.]

(Brit.) wash (someone) while immersing them in a bath

how to bath a baby.
2. [no obj.]
(Brit.) wash oneself while immersed in a bath

there was no hot water to bath in.
III. phrases

1. an early bath

‹informal› used in reference to the sending off of a sports player during a match

the referee awarded a penalty and ordered an early bath for Thomas.
2. take a bath

‹informal› suffer a heavy financial loss.

even though we got stuck in a rotten gold market, our readers didn’t take a bath.
– origin Old English bæth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bad and German Bad.

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