Meaning of BATH in English


I. bath 1 S2 W3 /bɑːθ $ bæθ/ BrE AmE noun ( plural baths /bɑːðz, bɑːθs $ bæðz, bæθs/) [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: bæth ]

1 . if you take a bath, you wash your body in a bath:

After a week of camping, I really needed a bath.

have a bath British English take a bath American English :

I’ll have a bath and go to bed.

How often do you take a bath?

I’ll give the children their bath (=wash them in a bath) .

2 . British English a large long container that you fill with water and sit or lie in to wash yourself SYN bathtub American English

3 . water that you sit or lie in to wash yourself:

a hot bath

She ran a bath (=put water into a bath) .

4 . a bathroom, used especially in advertising:

All our luxury bedrooms have a private bath.

5 . a container full of liquid in which something is placed for a particular purpose

bath of

Plunge the fabric into a bath of black dye.

6 . baths [plural]

a) British English old-fashioned a public building in which there is a swimming pool

b) a public building where people could go in the past to wash themselves:

the Roman baths at Cirencester

7 . take a bath American English informal to lose money, especially in a business deal:

We took a bath in the market over that stock.

⇨ ↑ birdbath , ↑ bubble bath , ⇨ throw the baby out with the bath water at ↑ throw 1 (37)

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■ verbs

▪ have a bath especially British English , take a bath especially American English

She usually has a bath in the evening.

▪ give somebody a bath

He's upstairs giving the baby a bath.

▪ get in/into/out of the bath

I had to get out of the bath to answer the phone.


▪ a quick bath

It's easier to take a shower than a quick bath.

▪ a long bath

A long hot bath is a great way of relaxing.

▪ a hot/warm/cool bath

Why don't you have a nice warm bath?

▪ a bubble bath (=with nice-smelling bubbles in it)

She likes to destress by taking a bubble bath.

■ bath + NOUN

▪ bath time (=the time when someone, usually a child, has a bath)

Come on, Lucy, it's bath time.

▪ bath taps British English

The water coming out of the bath taps was freezing cold.

▪ a bath towel

She handed him a soft white bath towel.

▪ a bath mat (=small rug on the floor by the bath)

The bath mat was soaking wet.

▪ bath water

The bath water is getting cold.

▪ bath salts/crystals (=a substance that you put in a bath to make it smell nice)

She bought me some lavender bath salts.

▪ bath toy (=for a child to play with in the bath)

Bath toys are great for babies who've just learned to sit.

II. bath 2 BrE AmE verb British English

1 . [transitive] to wash someone in a bath SYN bathe American English :

I’ll bath the children.

2 . [intransitive] old-fashioned to wash yourself in a bath SYN bathe American English

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