bask

verb \ ˈbask \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

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

Examples of bask in a Sentence

  1. We sat basking in the sun.

  2. Tourists were basking on the beaches.

  3. He stood before the audience, basking in their applause.

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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

bask Synonyms



BASK Defined for English Language Learners

bask

verb

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

bask

verb \ ˈbask \

Definition of bask for Students

basked; basking
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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