tr.v. laved, lav·ing, laves
1. To wash; bathe.
2. To lap or wash against: Waves laved the shore.
3. To refresh or soothe as if by washing: "The quiet and the cool laved her" (Edna Ferber).
[Middle English laven, from Old English gelafian and from Old French laver, both from Latin lavāre; see leu(ə)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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