\ 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 closing days, Kemp basked in Trump’s glow, pulling out of a debate to attend a Sunday rally that drew thousands of boisterous Republicans to central Georgia to see Trump deplane from Air Force One. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 That rarefied air, in which only the truly spectacular exist, was exclusively his domain for a night — an occasion to bask in the glow of an outpouring of accolades. Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 1998 Stanley Cup flashback: Steve Yzerman's legacy," 16 June 2018 Until now, Chicagoans haven’t had too many chances to bask in the summertime warmth. Elyssa Cherney,, "Father's Day weekend will be dangerously hot, meteorologists warn," 14 June 2018 There’s a thrill in meeting anyone who’s reached a certain level of celebrity; the chance to bask in the ambient glow of art and fame and as-seen-on-TV. Leah Greenblatt,, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain: EW's unforgettable night out with the late chef and television host," 8 June 2018 So too today, for Americans who bask in the glory of their country. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Make Free Riders Pay? Easier Said Than Done," 30 Aug. 2018 Multimillion-dollar classics, obscure-but-not-forgotten supercars, and legendary race cars make their way to the peninsula to bask in each other's reflected glory. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Infiniti looks to an all-electric future with the Prototype 10 concept," 23 Aug. 2018 Braun was there to bask in the glory after his Tuesday primary win. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "8 takeaways from Trump's speech at Elkhart rally," 11 May 2018 In some ways, Winfrey, 63, is the Democrats’ Trump: A business success, emotional and forthright, who basks in the television cameras that made her fortune. Matthew Ormseth,, "Connecticut Is Listening To The Rumors About Oprah Running For President," 10 Jan. 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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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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