Bath and Bathe…



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Well, today I am gonna talk about BATH and BATHE.

In British English, the verb BATH is used to mean “wash onself in a bath tub”

E.g. Children should bath regularly.

The verb BATH is not used in American English. Instead, the expressions “have a bath” or “take a bath”  is used.

E.g. As I was feeling hot, I took a bath.

In British English, BATHE means to “swim for pleasure”. It is very formal. In an informal style, we use “have a swim”  or “go for a swim”.

E.g. He said,  he had a good bathe.

In American English, bathe is used to mean “take a bath“.

E.g. I always bathe before I go to bed. (= I always take a bath before I go to bed.)

Note that to lie in the sun is to sunbathe.


P.S. In this homepage you can download this grammar (Perfect your Sentences).



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Hello Everybody!!! I am Antônia Sales, a Brazilian English teacher. I have been teaching English since 2004. I also work as a translator and I hope to share what I know and also to learn more with all of you. Together, we are going through the amazing world of English language. Let`s go !!! bye


  1. Hi Antonia,
    I found very interesting the explanation of the word bath and the verb bathe. Here more meanings to help your readers in improving their English vocabulary. It;s my humble contributions to this lovely blog.
    have a nice day there!

    bathe (b)
    v. bathed, bath·ing, bathes
    1. To take a bath.
    2. To go into the water for swimming or other recreation.
    3. To become immersed in or as if in liquid.
    4. To sunbathe.
    1. To immerse in liquid; wet.
    2. To wash in a liquid.
    3. To apply a liquid to for healing or soothing purposes: bathed the wound with iodine.
    4. To seem to wash or pour over; suffuse: a room that was bathed in sunlight.
    [Middle English bathen, from Old English bathian.]

    bather n.
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    bathe [beɪð]
    1. (intr) to swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river, esp for pleasure
    2. (Medicine) (tr) to apply liquid to (skin, a wound, etc.) in order to cleanse or soothe
    3. to immerse or be immersed in a liquid to bathe machine parts in oil
    4. Chiefly US and Canadian to wash in a bath
    5. (tr; often passive) to suffuse her face was bathed with radiance
    6. (tr) (of water, the sea, etc.) to lap; wash waves bathed the shore
    Brit a swim or paddle in a body of open water or a river
    [Old English bathian; related to Old Norse batha, Old High German badōn]
    bather n
    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

    Noun 1. bathe – the act of swimming; “the Englishman said he had a good bathe”
    swim, swimming – the act of swimming; “it was the swimming they enjoyed most”: “they took a short swim in the pool”
    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”
    cleanse, clean – clean one’s body or parts thereof, as by washing; “clean up before you see your grandparents”; “clean your fingernails before dinner”
    2. bathe – suffuse with or as if with light; “The room was bathed in sunlight”
    enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap – enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering; “Fog enveloped the house”
    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”
    cleanse, clean – clean one’s body or parts thereof, as by washing; “clean up before you see your grandparents”; “clean your fingernails before dinner”
    Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

    1. swim, dip, go swimming, take a dip small ponds for the birds to bathe in
    2. wash, clean, bath, soap, shower, soak, cleanse, scrub, tub, sponge, rinse, scrub down, lave (archaic) Back home, Shirley plays with, feeds and bathes the baby.
    3. cleanse, clean, wash, soak, rinse She paused long enough to bathe her blistered feet.
    4. cover, flood, steep, engulf, immerse, overrun, permeate, suffuse, wash over The arena was bathed in warm sunshine.
    (Brit.) swim, plunge, dip, paddle, dook (Scot.) an early-morning bathe
    Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


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