bath - bathe


bath - bathe
'bath'
In British English, a bath is a long rectangular container which you fill with water and sit in while you wash your body.

The bathroom had two basins, a huge bath and more towels than I had ever seen.

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In American English, a container like this is called a bathtub or a tub.

I spent hours in the warmth of the bathtub.

I lowered myself deeper into the tub.

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If you bath someone, you wash them in a bath.

She will show you how to bath the baby.

We bathed and dried Sandy together.

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You do not say that people bath themselves. British speakers say that someone has a bath.

I'm going to have a bath.

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'bathe'
American speakers say that someone takes a bath or, more formally, that they bathe .

I took a bath, my second that day.

After golf I would return to my apartment to bathe and change.

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Bathe is not used with this meaning in British English. In British English, when someone bathes, they swim or play in a lake or river or in the sea.

It is dangerous to bathe in the sea here.

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This use of bathe is now rather old-fashioned. In modern English, you usually say that someone goes swimming or goes for a swim. American speakers sometimes say that someone takes a swim.

She's going for a swim.

I went down to the ocean and took a swim.

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In both British and American English, if you bathe a cut or wound, you wash it.

He bathed the cuts on her feet.

She had watched her mother bathe his face and bandage his hands.

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Note that `bath' and `bathe' both have the present participle bathing and the past tense and past participle bathed.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bath — bath …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Bath — may refer to: * Any vessel, dish, or depression made to hold a liquid for the purpose of immersion of an object, e.g. birdbath * A body of liquid in which something is washed, heated or steeped: ** For medical or cleaning purposes, etc. e.g. Bath …   Wikipedia

  • bath — bath; bath·er; bath·house; Bath·i·nette; bath·ing; bath·less; bath·mic; bath·mism; bath·mo·trop·ic; bath·mot·ro·pism; bath·o·chrome; bath·o·lith; bath·urst; bath·vill·ite; bath·yl; eu·ry·bath·ic; iso·ther·mo·bath; mal·a·bath·rum; mono·bath;… …   English syllables

  • Bath — /bath, bahth/, n. 1. a city in Avon, in SW England: mineral springs. 84,300. 2. a seaport in SW Maine. 10,246. * * * City (pop., 1995 est.: 84,000), southwestern England. Situated on the River Avon, it was founded as Aquae Sulis by the Romans,… …   Universalium

  • Bath — Bath, NY U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 5641 Housing Units (2000): 2826 Land area (2000): 2.878165 sq. miles (7.454414 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.878165 sq. miles (7.454414 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Bath — (b[.a]th; 61), n.; pl. {Baths} (b[.a][th]z). [AS. b[ae][eth]; akin to OS. & Icel. ba[eth], Sw., Dan., D., & G. bad, and perh. to G. b[ a]hen to foment.] 1. The act of exposing the body, or part of the body, for purposes of cleanliness, comfort,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bath — Bath, n. A city in the west of England, resorted to for its hot springs, which has given its name to various objects. [1913 Webster] {Bath brick}, a preparation of calcareous earth, in the form of a brick, used for cleaning knives, polished metal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bath — [bɑːθ ǁ bæθ] noun take a bath informal to lose a lot of money when buying or selling something: • CBS took a bath estimated at $275 million on the baseball television coverage deal. * * * bath UK US /bɑːθ/ noun ● take a bath Cf …   Financial and business terms

  • bath — ► NOUN 1) a large tub that is filled with water for immersing and washing one s body. 2) an act of washing in a bath. 3) (also baths) a building containing a public swimming pool or washing facilities. 4) a container holding a liquid in which an… …   English terms dictionary

  • BATH — BATH, spa in Somerset, England. A fashionable resort from the 18th century, Bath early attracted Jewish residents, among them the physician Isaac schomberg , as well as visitors. Shortly after 1800, Moses Samuel, formerly warden of the Great… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Bath — Bath, in Somersetshire, ist eine am schiffbaren Avon gelegene, schön gebaute und durch Tuchmanufakturen und Seehandel, besonders aber durch seinen Badegewinn blühende Stadt von 5500 Häusern und 38,000 Einwohnern, wovon über 3/5 Frauenzimmer sind …   Damen Conversations Lexikon


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