\ ˈbask \
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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And since there was no moderating influence, no one to ease his mind and bask in the newfangled pleasures, his typical poor judgment held sway. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 The crowd fell under the Chicago legend’s spell from that point on, basking in lightning from sky and stage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 4: In Real Life, Kaleo, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and more," 30 June 2018 This time, Clinton was the incumbent president left muttering his objections, while his rival basked in Little Havana's cheers. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 In Kansas, a farmer runs a free-range poultry farm where the birds appear to bask in the sunlight. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'Eating Animals' effectively analyzes traditional, industrial farming changes," 28 June 2018 The spotlight-seeking Dunkin basked in the attention at the Capitol before he was defeated in 2016. Monique Garcia,, "Rauner appoints key Democratic ally and Madigan foil to $70,000 job," 18 May 2018 After leaving the border, Trump basked in the cheers of U.S. Marines in Miramar, pointing to his work to build up the nation's military. Julie Watson And Jill Colvin, Houston Chronicle, "Trump inspects border wall prototypes, denounces California," 14 Mar. 2018 Under that dome of welcome late February sunshine, Andrew Cook basked in a bucket list moment at a 5 minute, 40 seconds pace. John Henry, star-telegram, "Clear skies, full hearts, The Cowtown couldn't lose on Sunday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Feb. 2018 When reading his valedictory salute in 2 Timothy 4:6-8, this missionary was basking in the smile of his Savior even though the Roman government considered him a criminal worthy of death. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 2018

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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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11 Sep 2018

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The first known use of bask was circa 1616

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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 \
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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