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v. bathed, bath•ing,
Bath and bathe both have the -ing participle bathing and the past tense and -ed participle bathed. However, these are pronounced differently, depending on which of the two verbs they are associated with. Bathing and bathed are pronounced as follows:
- /'bɑːθɪŋ/ and /bɑːθt/ when they relate to bath
- /'beɪðɪŋ/ and /beɪðd/ when they relate to bathe.
If you bath someone, you wash them in a long rectangular container
Don't say that people bath themselves. You say that someone has a bath or takes a bath.
Bath is not a verb in American English. Americans use bathe (see the next section).
American speakers sometimes say that people bathe /beɪð/.
In both British and American English, if you bathe a cut or wound, you wash it.
In formal or old-fashioned British English, when someone bathes, they swim or play in a lake or river or in the sea.
In modern English, you usually say that someone goes swimming or goes for a swim. American speakers sometimes say that someone takes a swim.
Past participle: bathed
|Noun||1.||bathe - the act of swimming; "the Englishman said he had a good bathe"|
|Verb||1.||bathe - cleanse the entire body; "bathe daily"|
shower - take a shower; wash one's body in the shower; "You should shower after vigorous exercise"
|2.||bathe - suffuse with or as if with light; "The room was bathed in sunlight"|
|3.||bathe - clean one's body by immersion into water; "The child should bathe every day"|
foment - bathe with warm water or medicated lotions; "His legs should be fomented"