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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 ?
Afraid, in her extreme perturbation, of the loneliness of the deserted rooms, and of half-imagined faces peeping from behind every open door in them, Miss Pross got a basin of cold water and began laving her eyes, which were swollen and red.
When I and my friends repaired to him at six o'clock next day, he seemed to have been engaged on a case of a darker complexion than usual, for, we found him with his head butted into this closet, not only washing his hands, but laving his face and gargling his throat.
In spring, by the Imperial command, The pool of Hua`ch`ing beheld her stand, Laving her body in the crystal wave Whose dimpled fount a warmth perennial gave.
This is a great lake of salt water, laving the feet of the mountains, but extending far to the west-southwest, into one of those vast and elevated plateaus of land, which range high above the level of the Pacific.
For a day or two the place looked so like an overflowed Arkansas town, because of its currentless waters laving the very doorsteps of all the houses, and the cluster of boats made fast under the windows, or skimming in and out of the alleys and by-ways, that I could not get rid of the impression that there was nothing the matter here but a spring freshet, and that the river would fall in a few weeks and leave a dirty high-water mark on the houses, and the streets full of mud and rubbish.
But, as I rose out of the laving stream, Heaven opened her eternal doors, from whence The Spirit descended on me like a Dove; And last, the sum of all, my Father's voice, Audibly heard from Heaven, pronounced me his, Me his beloved Son, in whom alone He was well pleased: by which I knew the time Now full, that I no more should live obscure, But openly begin, as best becomes The authority which I derived from Heaven.