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lave

 (lāv)
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 Indo-European roots.]

lave

(leɪv)
vb
an archaic word for wash
[Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash]

lave1

(leɪv)

v. laved, lav•ing. v.t.
1. to wash; bathe.
2. (of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
3. Obs. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.
v.i.
4. Archaic. to bathe.
[before 900; Middle English, partly < Old French laver < Latin lavāre to wash, partly representing Old English lafian to pour water on, wash, itself perhaps < Latin lavāre]

lave2

(leɪv)

n. Scot.
the remainder; residue.
[before 1000; Middle English (Scots); Old English lāf; c. Old High German leiba, Old Norse leif, Gothic laiba; akin to leave1]

lave


Past participle: laved
Gerund: laving

Imperative
lave
lave
Present
I lave
you lave
he/she/it laves
we lave
you lave
they lave
Preterite
I laved
you laved
he/she/it laved
we laved
you laved
they laved
Present Continuous
I am laving
you are laving
he/she/it is laving
we are laving
you are laving
they are laving
Present Perfect
I have laved
you have laved
he/she/it has laved
we have laved
you have laved
they have laved
Past Continuous
I was laving
you were laving
he/she/it was laving
we were laving
you were laving
they were laving
Past Perfect
I had laved
you had laved
he/she/it had laved
we had laved
you had laved
they had laved
Future
I will lave
you will lave
he/she/it will lave
we will lave
you will lave
they will lave
Future Perfect
I will have laved
you will have laved
he/she/it will have laved
we will have laved
you will have laved
they will have laved
Future Continuous
I will be laving
you will be laving
he/she/it will be laving
we will be laving
you will be laving
they will be laving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been laving
you have been laving
he/she/it has been laving
we have been laving
you have been laving
they have been laving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been laving
you will have been laving
he/she/it will have been laving
we will have been laving
you will have been laving
they will have been laving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been laving
you had been laving
he/she/it had been laving
we had been laving
you had been laving
they had been laving
Conditional
I would lave
you would lave
he/she/it would lave
we would lave
you would lave
they would lave
Past Conditional
I would have laved
you would have laved
he/she/it would have laved
we would have laved
you would have laved
they would have laved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.lave - wash or flow against; "the waves laved the shore"
flow - cover or swamp with water
2.lave - cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
cleanse, clean - clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
wash - to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking; "The cat washes several times a day"
sponge down - wash with a sponge
scrub up, scrub - wash thoroughly; "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"
gargle, rinse - rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash; "gargle with this liquid"
shampoo - use shampoo on (hair)
hush - wash by removing particles; "Wash ores"
3.lave - wash one's face and handslave - wash one's face and hands; "She freshened up in the bathroom"
refreshen, freshen, freshen up, refresh - become or make oneself fresh again; "She freshened up after the tennis game"

lave

verb
To flow against or along:
References in classic literature ?
Ye may like work better nor play, but I like play better nor work; that'll 'commodate ye--it laves ye th' more to do.
The water laves the shore as it did a thousand years ago.
The same waves wash the moles of the new-built Californian towns, but yesterday planted by the recentest race of men, and lave the faded but still gorgeous skirts of Asiatic lands, older than Abraham; while all between float milky-ways of coral isles, and low-lying, endless, unknown Archipelagoes, and impenetrable Japans.
I niver DID think to see t' day that I mud lave th' owld place - but I doubt it's nigh at hand
Micawber was obliged, in great trepidation, to run down to the water-butt in the backyard, and draw a basinful to lave her brow with.
Oft in the full descending flood he tries To lose the scent, and lave his burning sides.
T'other way--I don't say it ain't right, I'm only just sayin' what I think--but t'other way, he'll no sooner be married than we'll lave it all to do again.
Grow a beard on your own chin, darlint, and lave my razors alone.
Pour, drink, lave, and scatter flowers -but always pay the priests.
You percave the little spalpeen is summat down in the mouth, and wears his lift hand in a sling, and it's for that same thing, by yur lave, that I'm going to give you the good rason.
He thought I had been kind to him, and said to a fellow-student of mine, 'Tell the Doctor I lave him me bones, for I've nothing else in the wide world, and I'll nos be wanting 'em at all, at all, when the great pain hat kilt me entirely.
I'll no' put myself under Sir Paitrick's thumb," thought Bishopriggs, "till I've gane my ain rounds among the lave o' them first.