\ 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 Warm weather is expected this week, which may tempt residents to go find a place to bask in the sun. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "It’s warming up, but don’t venture out: Health officials issue virus reminder," 31 Mar. 2020 The playwright, who is currently basking in the success of his hit Broadway play is already planning to work on a new musical adaptation of next year. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Iman! Heidi! Coco! All of the Models Turned Up to amfAR’s New York Gala," 6 Feb. 2020 There’s no better place to bask in your post-massage bliss than the plunge pool that hovers above the sea. Lauren Decarlo, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rosewood Little Dix Bay: First In," 13 Jan. 2020 As fans erupted in celebration, the Seahorses excitedly ran toward the stands to bask in the glory. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A girls soccer team was penalized for their 'equal pay' shirts. Now their message is being celebrated," 21 Oct. 2019 The Hawaiian green sea turtles are easy to spot in the water (from the shore or while snorkeling and swimming) and regularly park themselves on the sand to bask in the sun and warm up. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Move over, Waikiki and Hanauma Bay. Here are 10 must-see beaches on Oahu," 19 June 2019 Here are nine places to bask in the sun this summer. Valerie Stimac, National Geographic, "Magical places to experience the midnight sun this summer," 22 May 2019 Thirty-five years later, the performer remains an activist in her art, basking in her indefatigable Black woman joy. Allison Mcgevna, Essence, "How Grace Jones Continues To Push Us To Be Powerful," 23 Apr. 2020 There, viewers could even spot a seal or two basking on the rocky shore. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Spot Dolphins in the Ocean With These Calming Beach Cams," 11 Apr. 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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