v. bathed, bath·ing, bathes
1. To take a bath.
2. To go into the water for swimming or other recreation.
3. To become immersed in or as if in liquid.
4. To sunbathe.
1. To immerse in liquid; wet.
2. To wash in a liquid.
3. To apply a liquid to for healing or soothing purposes: bathed the wound with iodine.
4. To seem to wash or pour over; suffuse: a room that was bathed in sunlight.
[Middle English bathen, from Old English bathian.]
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