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.
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 1616
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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