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Bath vs. Bathe: Know the Difference

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"Bath" is a noun referring to a process or container for washing, while "bathe" is a verb meaning to wash oneself or someone/something else.
Bath vs. Bathe

Key Differences

"Bath" is a noun that primarily refers to the container used for bathing, such as a bathtub or the act of soaking or immersing in water. It implies a static state of being in water. On the other hand, "bathe" is a verb that means to wash oneself or another in water. It denotes an action, often involving the use of water for cleanliness or therapeutic purposes.
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The word "bath" can also signify the act of taking a bath, focusing on the experience or the event itself. It is often associated with relaxation and leisure, such as taking a long, hot bath. Contrastingly, "bathe" focuses on the process of washing. It can be used in various contexts, from bathing oneself in a shower to bathing another, like bathing a baby or an animal.
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In usage, "bath" can be part of compound nouns, like "bath towel" or "bathwater," always keeping its noun form. It is used in phrases like "take a bath," reflecting a more passive activity. "Bathe," being a verb, is used with subjects and often requires an object, as in "I bathe the dog." It is an active word, indicating the action of washing.
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"Bath" has a sense of completeness and enclosure, often implying that the entire body is submerged or enveloped in water or another substance, as in a mud bath. In contrast, "bathe" might not imply complete immersion and can refer to partial washing, like bathing one's face or feet.
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Additionally, "bath" has cultural and historical contexts, often associated with communal bathing spaces in many societies. Whereas "bathe" is more individualistic, focusing on the personal act of cleaning oneself or others, adaptable to different settings and purposes.
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Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Noun
Verb
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Focus

Container or act of soaking
Process of washing
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Usage Context

Relaxation, leisure
Cleaning, therapeutic
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Typical Phrases

"Take a bath"
"Bathe a pet"
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Cultural Context

Communal spaces
Individual action
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Bath and Bathe Definitions

Bath

A container for holding water in which a person or animal can bathe.
She filled the bath with warm water.
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Bathe

To wash oneself in a bath or shower.
He bathes every morning before work.
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Bath

A process or treatment for relaxation or therapy.
She enjoyed a mud bath at the spa.
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Bathe

To wash someone, especially a child or an animal.
She bathes her newborn baby gently.
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Bath

A quantity of water or other liquid used for bathing.
The bath was too hot initially.
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Bathe

To go swimming or spend time in water for pleasure.
They love to bathe in the ocean on hot days.
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Bath

The act of soaking or cleansing the body, as in water or steam.
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Bathe

To apply a liquid to something for cleansing or medicinal purposes.
The nurse bathed the wound with saline.
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Bath

The water used for cleansing the body
I'm going to run a bath.
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Bathe

To immerse a part of the body in water or another liquid.
He bathes his feet in warm water to relax.
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Bath

A bathtub.
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Bathe

To take a bath.
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Bath

A bathroom.
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Bathe

To go into the water for swimming or other recreation.
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Bath

A building equipped for bathing.
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Bathe

To become immersed in or as if in liquid.
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Bath

Often baths A resort providing therapeutic baths; a spa.
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Bathe

To sunbathe.
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Bath

A liquid in which something is dipped or soaked for processing
Immersed the metal in an acid bath.
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Bathe

To immerse in liquid; wet.
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Bath

A container holding such a liquid
Emptied the bath of dye.
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Bathe

To wash in a liquid.
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Bath

A medium, such as oil or sand, that controls the temperature of objects placed in it.
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Bathe

To apply a liquid to for healing or soothing purposes
Bathed the wound with iodine.
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Bath

A container holding such a medium.
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Bathe

To seem to wash or pour over; suffuse
A room that was bathed in sunlight.
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Bath

An ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure, equal to about 38 liters (10 US gallons).
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Bathe

(intransitive) To clean oneself by immersion in water or using water; to take a bath, have a bath.
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Bath

A tub or pool which is used for bathing: bathtub.
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Bathe

(intransitive) To immerse oneself, or part of the body, in water for pleasure or refreshment; to swim.
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Bath

A building or area where bathing occurs.
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Bathe

(transitive) To clean a person by immersion in water or using water; to give someone a bath.
We bathe our baby before going to bed; other parents do it in the morning if they have time.
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Bath

Clipping of bathroom
The master bath has two sinks.
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Bathe

(transitive) To apply water or other liquid to; to suffuse or cover with liquid.
She bathed her eyes with liquid to remove the stinging chemical.
The nurse bathed his wound with a sponge.
The incoming tides bathed the coral reef.
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Bath

The act of bathing.
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Bathe

To cover or surround.
The room was bathed in moonlight.
A dense fog bathed the city streets.
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Bath

The body of liquid one bathes in.
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Bathe

(intransitive) To sunbathe.
The women bathed in the sun.
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Bath

(by extension) A substance or preparation in which something is immersed.
A bath of heated sand, ashes, steam, or hot air
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Bathe

The act of swimming or bathing, especially in the sea, a lake, or a river; a swimming bath.
I'm going to have a midnight bathe tonight.
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Bath

A former Hebrew unit of liquid volume (about 23{{nbsp}}L or 6 gallons).
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Bathe

To wash by immersion, as in a bath; to subject to a bath.
Chancing to bathe himself in the River Cydnus.
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Bath

To wash a person or animal in a bath.
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Bathe

To lave; to wet.
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Bath

To bathe oneself; to have a bath.
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Bathe

To moisten or suffuse with a liquid.
And let us bathe our hands in Cæsar's blood.
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Bath

The act of exposing the body, or part of the body, for purposes of cleanliness, comfort, health, etc., to water, vapor, hot air, or the like; as, a cold or a hot bath; a medicated bath; a steam bath; a hip bath.
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Bathe

To apply water or some liquid medicament to; as, to bathe the eye with warm water or with sea water; to bathe one's forehead with camphor.
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Bath

Water or other liquid for bathing.
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Bathe

To surround, or envelop, as water surrounds a person immersed.
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Bath

A receptacle or place where persons may immerse or wash their bodies in water.
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Bathe

To bathe one's self; to take a bath or baths.
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Bath

A building containing an apartment or a series of apartments arranged for bathing.
Among the ancients, the public baths were of amazing extent and magnificence.
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Bathe

To immerse or cover one's self, as in a bath.
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Bath

A medium, as heated sand, ashes, steam, hot air, through which heat is applied to a body.
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Bathe

To bask in the sun.
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Bath

A solution in which plates or prints are immersed; also, the receptacle holding the solution.
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Bathe

The immersion of the body in water; as, to take one's usual bathe.
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Bath

A Hebrew measure containing the tenth of a homer, or five gallons and three pints, as a measure for liquids; and two pecks and five quarts, as a dry measure.
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Bathe

The act of swimming;
The Englishman said he had a good bathe
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Bath

A city in the west of England, resorted to for its hot springs, which has given its name to various objects.
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Bathe

Cleanse the entire body;
Bathe daily
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Bath

A vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it);
She soaked the etching in an acid bath
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Bathe

Suffuse with or as if with light;
The room was bathed in sunlight
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Bath

You soak your body in a bathtub;
He has a good bath every morning
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Bathe

Clean one's body by immersion into water;
The child should bathe every day
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Bath

A relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
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Bath

An ancient Hebrew liquid measure equal to about 10 gallons
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Bath

A town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains
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Bath

A room (as in a residence) containing a bath or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
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Bath

Clean one's body by immersion into water;
The child should bathe every day
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Bath

The act of soaking or cleansing the body in water.
He took a long, relaxing bath after work.
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Bath

A room containing a bathtub or shower.
The hotel room had a luxurious bath.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can "bath" be used as a verb?

No, "bath" is typically used as a noun.
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Is "bathe" used for swimming?

Yes, it can mean to swim or spend time in water for pleasure.
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What is a bath?

A container for water in which to bathe or the act of bathing.
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How is "bathe" used in a sentence?

"Bathe" is used as a verb, like in "I need to bathe the dog."
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What does it mean to bathe someone?

To wash another person or animal.
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What's a synonym for "bath"?

Tub or soak can be synonyms for "bath."
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Is a "bath" always in a bathtub?

Not always; "bath" can also refer to any act of bathing.
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Do "bath" and "bathe" have the same origin?

Yes, they both originate from Old English.
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Is "bath" ever used for animals?

Yes, as in "dog bath" or "bird bath."
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What's a "bath bomb"?

A scented, fizzy ball used in baths for a luxurious experience.
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Can "bathe" be reflexive?

Yes, as in "I bathe myself every day."
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Is "bath" used in phrases?

Yes, like "take a bath" or "draw a bath."
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Can "bathe" mean to clean a wound?

Yes, "bathe" can refer to gently cleaning a wound.
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Can "bathe" imply partial washing?

Yes, like bathing one's face.
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How does "bathe" relate to therapy?

It can refer to therapeutic washing or treatments.
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Is "bath" more formal than "bathe"?

Not necessarily; they are used in different contexts.
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What's the difference in context between "bath" and "bathe"?

"Bath" is more about the place or act of soaking, while "bathe" is about the action of washing.
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Can "bathe" be used in a non-literal way?

Yes, like "bathe in sunlight" meaning to bask or enjoy the sun.
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Can "bath" refer to a quantity of liquid?

Yes, as in "a bath of warm water."
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Is "bathe" used in medical contexts?

Yes, especially for washing parts of the body or wounds.
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