I. verb — [no obj.] 1. wash by immersing one’s body in water. • she was advised to bathe or shower daily.
2. [with obj.] — soak or wipe gently with liquid to clean or soothe • she bathed and bandaged my knee.
3. [with obj.] —
(N. Amer.) wash (someone) in a bath
• they bathed the baby.
(chiefly Brit.) swim or spend time in the sea or a lake, river, or pool for pleasure.
• occasionally I bathed in the lido swimming pool.
5. [with obj.] — suffuse or envelop in something • the park lay bathed in sunshine.
II. noun — [in sing.] 1.
(Brit.) an act or spell of swimming or spending time in the water
• a bathe in the cold North Sea.
– origin Old English bathian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German baden.