\ 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 Activities here include unlimited snorkeling, basking by the infinity pool, and enjoying custom meals made by the villa’s private chef. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Would seniors, after all their hard work and dedication to studies, lose out on walking across the stage in caps and gowns, accepting diplomas and basking in a moment of triumph? cleveland, "A teaching career blooms. What could go wrong?," 12 Apr. 2020 Fill them up, leave them in direct sun for a few hours and bask under the sprinkle of a hot shower. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Get Amazingly Clean with a Portable Camp Shower," 2 Apr. 2020 Colorado has experienced some of the coldest weather relative to average on Earth this fall, while Alaska has generally been basking in some of the warmest conditions on Earth, again, relative to average. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver’s seen more snow so far this winter than most of Alaska," 9 Dec. 2019 One strategy: Take the time to notice and bask in—positive moments, suggests Rick Hanson, PhD, psychologist and author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness. Ginny Graves,, "What Is Burnout? How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed at Work," 10 Oct. 2019 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

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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 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bask.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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