What does bathe mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. batheverb

    the act of swimming

    "the Englishman said he had a good bathe"

  2. batheverb

    cleanse the entire body

    "bathe daily"

  3. batheverb

    suffuse with or as if with light

    "The room was bathed in sunlight"

  4. bathe, bathverb

    clean one's body by immersion into water

    "The child should bathe every day"


  1. bathenoun

    The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.

    I'm going to have a midnight bathe tonight.

  2. batheverb

    To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.

  3. batheverb

    To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.

  4. batheverb

    To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.

    We bathe our baby before going to bed; some other parents do it in the morning if they have time.

  5. batheverb

    To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.

  6. batheverb

    To cover or surround.

  7. batheverb

    To sunbathe.

    The women bathed in the sun.

  8. Etymology: From bathen, from baþian, from baþōnan, from bhe-. More at bath.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Batheverb

    Etymology: baðian, Saxon.

    Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bath’d
    Their downy breast. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 437.

    Chancing to bathe himself in the river Cydnus, through the excessive coldness of these waters, he fell sick, near unto death, for three days. South.

    Bathe them and keep their bodies soluble the while by clysters, and lenitive boluses. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    I’ll bathe your wounds in tears for my offence. Dryden.

    Phœnician Dido stood,
    Fresh from her wound, her bosom bath’d in blood. Dryden.

    Mars could in mutual blood the centaurs bathe,
    And Jove himself give way to Cinthia’s wrath. Dryden.

  2. To Batheverb

    To be in the water, or in any thing resembling a bath.

    Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,
    I cannot tell. Macbeth.

    The delighted spirit
    To bathe in firy floods, or to reside
    In thrilling regions of thick ribbed ice. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Meas.

    The gallants dancing by the river side,
    They bathe in summer, and in winter slide. Edmund Waller.

    But bathe, and, in imperial robes array’d,
    Pay due devotions. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. bathe

    Bathing is the act of washing the body, usually with water, or the immersion of the body in water. It may be practiced for personal hygiene, religious ritual or therapeutic purposes. By analogy, especially as a recreational activity, the term is also applied to sun bathing and sea bathing. People bathe at a range of temperatures, according to custom or purpose, from very cold to very hot. In the western world, bathing is usually done at comfortable temperatures in a bathtub or shower. This type of bathing is done more or less daily for hygiene purposes. A ritual religious bath is sometimes referred to as immersion or baptism. The use of water for therapeutic purposes can be called a water treatment or hydrotherapy. Recreational water activities are also known as swimming and paddling.


  1. bathe

    Bathe is a verb that refers to the act of washing and cleaning oneself or another object with the use of water, soap or any other cleaning substances. It can also refer to the act enveloping or immersing oneself or something in a substance or light. In a broader context, it can also mean to spend time in a particular quality or influence, or intentionally expose something to a specific form of physical or sensory experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Batheverb

    to wash by immersion, as in a bath; to subject to a bath

  2. Batheverb

    to lave; to wet

  3. Batheverb

    to moisten or suffuse with a liquid

  4. Batheverb

    to apply water or some liquid medicament to; as, to bathe the eye with warm water or with sea water; to bathe one's forehead with camphor

  5. Batheverb

    to surround, or envelop, as water surrounds a person immersed

  6. Batheverb

    to bathe one's self; to take a bath or baths

  7. Batheverb

    to immerse or cover one's self, as in a bath

  8. Batheverb

    to bask in the sun

  9. Bathenoun

    the immersion of the body in water; as to take one's usual bathe

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bathe

    th, v.t. to wash as in a bath: to wash or moisten with any liquid: to moisten, suffuse, encompass.—v.i. to take a bath.—n. the act of taking a bath.—ns. Bath′ing-box, a box for bathers to undress and dress in; Bath′ing-machine′, a small carriage in which a bather may be carried out into water conveniently deep for bathing. [A.S. bathian; Old High Ger. badôn, bathôn (Ger. baden).]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BATHE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bathe is ranked #52037 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bathe surname appeared 399 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bathe.

    91.2% or 364 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.5% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bathe in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bathe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of bathe in a Sentence

  1. David Sugerman of Portland:

    They have a variety of health problems and they are as well concerned about future health issues from this carcinogen and toxin that they were contaminated by, kBR told them it was safe as long as they didn't bathe in it, and there are a number of guys that have very serious health problems.

  2. Maryville City Manager Greg McClain:

    My understanding is, if you're on city water, you're fine. ... If you have a well, we would prefer you do not bathe in that (or) drink that, so far we've not had any indication that's been impacted yet, but testing will continue.

  3. Bill Schuette:

    I would certainly not bathe a newborn child or a young infant in this bad water, and if you can't drink the bad water, you shouldn't pay for it.

  4. Elaine Larson:

    I think people are sort of stuck on,' How often should I bathe ?' or' How often should I clean my hands ?' but it has more to do with what you've done, i think the question is,' When are the appropriate times to bathe or to wash your hands ?' and it's when they get contaminated.

  5. Alex Agostini:

    > (CNN)People around the world are likely to lose 50 to 58 hours of sleep a year by 2099 due to global warming, a new study revealed.Researchers used wristbands with internal accelerometers to measure sleep duration and sleep timing in over 47,000 adults across 68 countries for an average of six months for a study published in the journal One Earth. Adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The likelihood of getting less than seven hours of sleep increased by 3.5% if minimum outside nighttime temperatures exceeded 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) compared with the baseline temperature of 41 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 10 degrees Celsius), the study found.To bathe or not to bathe (often). That is the questionThe 3.5% sleep loss may initially look like a small number, but it adds up.

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