\ ˈbask How to pronounce bask (audio) \
basked; basking; basks

Definition of bask

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

obsolete : to warm by continued exposure to heat basks at the fire his hairy strength …— John Milton

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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.
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In referring to her as a mirror, William is being quite unintentionally revealing, because that’s almost what his younger self wanted from Dolores—someone to help him bask in his own glory. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: What's in 'The Valley Beyond'?," 29 Apr. 2018 As Filipino food continues to bask in the glory of a growing appreciation for the cuisine, now comes a documentary that charts the course of how the movement has captured a nation. Michael James Rocha,, "San Diego chefs to showcase Filipino cuisine at screening of 'Ulam: Main Dish' documentary," 19 Apr. 2018 From plenty of heart emojis to one fan's surprising adoration for Janel's tattoo, this latest friendly face-off has the future residents of Beacon Heights basking in the glow of some seriously nice remarks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch "PLL: The Perfectionists" Cast Members Sasha Pieterse, Sofia Carson, and Janel Parrish Face Off in Teen Vogue's Compliment Battle," 20 Mar. 2019 Yes, winter can be quite depressing for those of us not basking in the Sun Belt. Mark Maloney,, "Winter Olympics 2018: If you can't find joy in the Games, something's wrong | Opinion," 8 Feb. 2018 And of course, the current geopolitical order, with the U.S. shouldering the bulk of the burden and risk, has also suited Germany very well—enabling the country to bask in the luxury of a pretend military. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019 While the rest of us basked contentedly like beached whales soaking up the sun on the sand, India couldn’t sit still. Good Housekeeping, "Actress Catherine Oxenberg Opens Up About the Secretive Group She Claims Brainwashed Her Daughter," 6 Aug. 2018 As the world continues to bask in the afterglow of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials, now seems like an appropriate time to revisit another recent tale of a prince who fell in love with a beautiful commoner. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "When Prince William Knew Kate Middleton Was “the One”," 24 May 2018 The regional transit system reported record ridership as revelers basked in dazzling sunshine and temperatures that peaked above 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius). Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bask

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bask

Middle English, probably from Old Norse bathask, reflexive of batha to bathe; akin to Old English bæth bath

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8 May 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of bask

: to lie or relax happily in a bright and warm place
: to enjoy the attention and good feelings expressed by others


\ ˈbask How to pronounce bask (audio) \
basked; basking

Kids Definition of bask

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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