\ 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 People from around the world come to bask in its fame. Los Angeles Times, "Column: People came by to pay final respects to this East L.A. tree that went Hollywood. Too soon?," 1 Jan. 2021 Events like Galentine's Day that let the crew bask in each other's light, even if this year's celebration has to take place from afar. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Galentine's Day? Everything You Need to Know About the Best Fake Holiday," 29 Dec. 2020 Trump has been happy to bask in praise throughout his presidency. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, "As end approaches, Trump gets doses of flattery, finality," 20 Dec. 2020 The keepers of its legacy, as heard on these podcasts, are simply here to bask in its greatness. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Still Love “The Office”?," 7 Dec. 2020 But many of them are not there to bask in the weather. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | KAREN MARTIN: The oddities of homeowners associations," 7 Dec. 2020 Trump can bask in a successful first term that remade the Republican Party into a multiracial coalition of the broad middle class. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump Faces a Critical Choice About His Political Future," 26 Nov. 2020 In an easy three miles round-trip, this trail transports you to a land of sandstone spires and prickly pear cacti that bask under the desert sun year-round. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "America's Best and Most Beautiful Winter Hikes," 18 Oct. 2020 In Georgia, the state's leading Republicans — including Gov. Brian Kemp and two senators up for reelection — all gathered to bask in Trump's praise. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states," 17 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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