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
For decades, Portland has basked in its reputation for protest.
And without mentioning his name, the Obamas have either subtly taken aim at Trump policies or basked in their post-White House popularity.
But here, as during most of the public portions of his foreign trip, Trump basked in the applause and reveled in the pageantry.
When Donald Trump barged past the leader of NATO’s next member to bask in the media spotlight at the alliance’s summit, footage of the incident soon flooded the internet.
Eventually, as James got peppered with questions, Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson joined him on stage, basking in the glow of victory, which was bouncing off the Eastern Conference championship trophy.
Bask in the beauty that motherhood brings, inside and out.
This industrial backwater is so peaceful, a couple of rabbits are romping in the grass, while lizards bask on the curb.
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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 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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