• To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
  • To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
  • To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to give someone a bath.
  • To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.
  • To cover or surround.
  • To sunbathe.


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


  • From Middle English bathen, from Old English baþian ("to bathe, wash"), from Proto-West Germanic *baþōn, from Proto-Germanic *baþōną ("to bathe"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₁- ("to warm"). Cognate with Saterland Frisian boadje ("to bathe"), Dutch baden ("to bathe"), German Low German baden ("to bathe"), German baden ("to bathe"), Danish bade ("to bathe"), Swedish bada ("to bathe"), Icelandic baða ("to bathe"). More at bath. Compare also bask.

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