\ 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Those lucky enough to bask in your love are always better for it. Allure, 12 Jan. 2022 Ocean sunfish are known to bask in the sun near the surface and can sometimes be mistaken for a shark, per National Geographic. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2021 Cranes Roost Park, set right next to I-4 in Altamonte Springs, provides a place for humans to walk or exercise and birds to bask in 45 acres of urban lakefront space. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 Make those teary phone calls, change that Facebook relationship status and post the ring pic—now is the time to bask in that overly-in-love and the world needs to know glory. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2021 The third level has an elevated living room in which to bask in natural light streaming through four more arched windows. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2021 But his son, Junior, allowed him little time to bask in the achievement. Childs Walker,, 17 Nov. 2021 Don't wait for an invitation to take center stage and bask in the spotlight. Tarot Astrologers,, 27 Dec. 2021 Take a seat at the bar and chat with some the other clientele or sit at a booth and bask in the immaculate vibes. Michaela Heidemann, Chron, 16 Dec. 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Bask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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