Definition of bask
1 : to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere basking in the warmth of the sun
2 : to take pleasure or derive enjoyment basked in the spotlight
obsolete : to warm by continued exposure to heat … basks at the fire his hairy strength … — John Milton
Examples of bask in a Sentence
We sat basking in the sun.
Tourists were basking on the beaches.
He stood before the audience, basking in their applause.
Recent Examples of bask from the Web
Britons basked in the hottest June temperatures since 1976 last month, with some parts of England seeing the mercury climb well above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).
Overthinking neurotic worrywart mothers often really bask in the afterglow of birth.
Wochit Detroiters riding bikes downtown, strolling along the riverfront and basking in the sun today got a preview of more warm and sunny weather expected this holiday weekend through the Fourth of July.
For now, though, investors have been basking in the upside.
Opt for the ten-course tasting menu and bask in elegant morsels like egg caviar, foie gras terrine, and black truffle risotto.
The president* flew himself out to Iowa on Wednesday night to bask in the adulation of yet another rapturous crowd and to deliver yet another speech from the oratorical firm of Hokum, Bunkum, and Con.
While equities have basked in the global stock euphoria -- with a helping hand from the weaker sterling -- further gains this year are seen capped near current levels.
June 21, 2017 White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway also basked in the Republican winning streak, and dealt a cutting jab to those who predicted an Ossoff victory and accompanying voter rebuke of Trump -- both of which failed to emerge.
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Origin and Etymology of bask
Middle English, probably from Old Norse bathask, reflexive of batha to bathe; akin to Old English bæth bath
First Known Use: circa 1616See Words from the same year
BASK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bask for English Language Learners
: to lie or relax happily in a bright and warm place
: to enjoy the attention and good feelings expressed by others
BASK Defined for Kids
Definition of bask for Students
1 : to lie or relax in pleasantly warm surroundings Reptiles often bask in the sun.
2 : to take pleasure or derive enjoyment The winners were basking in their success.
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