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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.]
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an archaic word for wash
[Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash]
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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]
the remainder; residue.
[before 1000; Middle English (Scots); Old English lāf; c. Old High German leiba, Old Norse leif, Gothic laiba; akin to leave1]
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Past participle: laved
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|Verb||1.||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
shampoo - use shampoo on (hair)
hush - wash by removing particles; "Wash ores"
|3.||lave - wash one's face and hands; "She freshened up in the bathroom"|
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