baste

verb (1)
\ ˈbāst How to pronounce baste (audio) \
basted; basting

Definition of baste

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: to sew with long loose stitches in order to hold something in place temporarily

baste

verb (2)
basted; basting

Definition of baste (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to moisten (foods, especially meat) at intervals with a liquid (such as melted butter, fat, or pan drippings) especially during the cooking process to prevent drying and add flavor baste a roast every half hour

baste

verb (3)
basted; basting

Definition of baste (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to beat severely or soundly : thrash
2 : to scold vigorously : berate

First Known Use of baste

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baste

Verb (1)

Middle English basten, borrowed from Middle French bastir, going back to Old Low Franconian *bastjan, going back to Germanic, "to bind or weave with bast strips" (whence Middle Dutch besten "to tie up, fasten with loose stitches," Old High German, "to bind with bast, mend"), verbal derivative of *basta- bast

Verb (2)

Middle English baisten, of obscure origin

Verb (3)

probably from Old Norse beysta; akin to Old English bēatan to beat

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“Baste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baste. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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baste

verb
\ ˈbāst How to pronounce baste (audio) \
basted; basting

Kids Definition of baste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sew with long loose stitches so as to hold the cloth temporarily in place

baste

verb
basted; basting

Kids Definition of baste (Entry 2 of 2)

: to moisten (as with melted fat or juices) while roasting baste a turkey

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