basked; basking; basks

intransitive verb

: to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere
basking in the warmth of the sun
: 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

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Middle English, probably from Old Norse bathask, reflexive of batha to bathe; akin to Old English bæth bath

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of bask was circa 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Bask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere
bask in the sun
basked in their success

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