Etymology
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lave (v.)

c. 1200 (transitive), from Old English lafian "wash by pouring water on, pour (water)," possibly an early Anglo-Saxon or West Germanic borrowing (compare Dutch laven, German laben) of Latin lavare "to wash," or its Old French descendant, laver, or some confusion in English of the two. Latin lavare is from PIE root *leue- "to wash."

updated on May 21, 2017

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Definitions of lave from WordNet

lave (v.)
wash or flow against;
the waves laved the shore
Synonyms: lap / wash
lave (v.)
cleanse (one's body) with soap and water;
Synonyms: wash
lave (v.)
wash one's face and hands;
Synonyms: wash up
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