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baste

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verb \ˈbāst\

Definition of baste

bast·edbast·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to sew with long loose stitches in order to hold something in place temporarily

bast·er noun


Origin of baste

Middle English, from Middle French bastir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch, Old English bæst bast


First Known Use: 15th century

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baste

verb

Definition of baste

bast·edbast·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to moisten (as meat) at intervals with a liquid (as melted butter, fat, or pan drippings) especially during cooking

bast·er noun


Origin of baste

Middle English baisten


First Known Use: 15th century


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baste

verb

Definition of baste

bast·edbast·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to beat severely or soundly :  thrash

  3. 2 :  to scold vigorously :  berate



Origin of baste

probably from Old Norse beysta; akin to Old English bēatan to beat


First Known Use: 1533



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