\ 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 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 The Librarian’s Bass Lodge Set The Librarian never disappoints, with her deep love for the art of bass music reflected in her set as fans basked in the vibratory glow of the bottom end of the sonic spectrum. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Breakdancing, Bingo & Bass: The 10 Best Moments of Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 While his teammates spent the following months basking in the triumph of their undefeated season, Brown’s life was being turned upside down by something that put his football future in jeopardy. Brian Murphy,, "UCF offensive lineman Jake Brown happy after years of adversity," 16 Aug. 2019 Such shows are often content to bask in the secondhand splendor of the stylist’s clients and in the decadence of overstuffed showroom racks. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Why “Styling Hollywood” Is One of the Best Celebrity-Stylist Reality Shows," 30 Aug. 2019 Marin residents and animal control officers are reporting an uptick in rattlesnake sightings as the reptiles slither out to bask in the sun. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "North Bay rattlesnake sightings have residents on edge," 27 Aug. 2019 Some players like to use celebrations to bask in the glory of scoring a goal., "6 of the Best Moments From Another Barnstorming Weekend of Premier League Action," 26 Aug. 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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Last Updated

20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bask.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 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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