\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Part of the weakness is due to the comparison with summer 2018, when Britain was basking in a heatwave and enjoying a boost from England’s ride to the semi-finals of the World Cup soccer tournament. Washington Post, "Even DIY Cocktails Can’t Help Brexit Blues," 20 Nov. 2019 Now, its hull basked in the sunlight; its propeller was above the waves. New York Times, "After a Giant Ship Goes Belly Up, Many Fear a Shoreline Is Next," 16 Nov. 2019 Perhaps, but for now prime minister Narendra Modi and his party are basking in satisfaction. The Economist, "The Supreme Court hands India’s biggest communal flashpoint to Hindus," 14 Nov. 2019 Just 89 days before the Iowa caucuses, the 2020 hopeful and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is basking in admiring profiles from a press pack, invited John McCain-style, on his campaign bus. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Pete Buttigieg is having a moment," 5 Nov. 2019 Gather the kin round the table to bask in the Christmas tradition known as Nailed It! Holiday! Ruth Kinane,, "Get ready for some festive fails in trailer for new Nailed It! holiday special," 5 Nov. 2019 As delirious fans, suddenly in a forgiving mood, reached over the brick wall to slap Book on the shoulder pads and that famous gold helmet, the unshakable redshirt junior from El Dorado Hills in Northern California basked in the glory. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Ian Book, unshaken by the critics, leads late comeback win for Notre Dame," 2 Nov. 2019 Photos of Houston's class of 2020 homecoming queens and kings show students basking in their five minutes of fame on their school stadium's football fields alongside their peers, friends and family. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "See Houston's class of 2020 homecoming kings and queens," 24 Oct. 2019 Running to first base, Correa cupped his hand to his ear, ala Hulk Hogan, basking in the roar of the Minute Maid Park crowd. Tim Rohan, Los Angeles Times, "Carlos Correa’s blast sinks Yankees, who fumble away any comeback in ALCS Game 4," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bask.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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