\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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In the meantime, however, the North appears to be basking in it leader's new found status as the most popular kid on the block. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance," 12 June 2018 The willingness to sit and bask in moments of beauty without one trace of worry about the cycle’s shift. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes May 2018," 27 Apr. 2018 England, basking in a long summer heatwave, is starting to believe the team can reach their first final since 1966 after the young side saw off Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday. Pirate Irwin,, "Southgate, England bask in unexpected World Cup success," 8 July 2018 Weekend fun: Celebrate Pride at events all weekend, go on a biking getaway, taste some burgers, watch the World Cup at one of these bars or bask in the Seattle summer, both day and night, with help from our Summer Guide and nightlife highlights. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The state’s first wildlife-detection dog, plus Seattle’s sports power couple | Friday Morning Brief, June 22," 22 June 2018 But while preparing to bask in the glow of a season the NCAA has expressly tried to erase, the Louisville players on Friday expressed a precarious mixture of pride and entitlement. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "2013 U of L players are proud of championship even if banner is gone," 30 June 2018 Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons and was ready to bask in the glory of the team’s victory over the New England Patriots in February. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Robert Turbin looking like a key part of backfield," 14 June 2018 Juve can now bask in the glory of what will almost certainly be their fourth Italian double in a row, while Milan will need to regroup quickly in order to ensure a top-six finish in Serie A., "Juventus Blows Away AC Milan in Second Half to Win 4th Straight Coppa Italia," 9 May 2018 If a beach vacation isn’t in the budget, head to the Conservatory’s Palm House to bask in the glow of palm trees and other tropical greenery, or swing by the Desert House to experience plants from Asia, Africa and the Americas — all in one place. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Embrace or escape from the cold with these winter activities in Chicago," 21 Dec. 2017

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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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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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