verb \ˈbask\

: to lie or relax happily in a bright and warm place

: to enjoy the attention and good feelings expressed by others

Full Definition of BASK

intransitive verb
:  to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere
:  to take pleasure or derive enjoyment <basked in the spotlight>
transitive verb
obsolete :  to warm by continued exposure to heat

Examples of BASK

  1. We sat basking in the sun.
  2. Tourists were basking on the beaches.
  3. He stood before the audience, basking in their applause.

Origin of BASK

Middle English, probably from Old Norse bathask, reflexive of batha to bathe; akin to Old English bæth bath
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BASK

BASK Defined for Kids


verb \ˈbask\

Definition of BASK for Kids

:  to lie or relax in pleasantly warm surroundings <Reptiles often bask in the sun.>
:  to take pleasure or derive enjoyment <The winners were basking in their success.>


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