1

baste

play
verb \ˈbāst\

Definition of baste

basted

;

basting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to sew with long loose stitches in order to hold something in place temporarily

baster

noun

Origin and Etymology of baste

Middle English, from Medieval French bastir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch, Old English bæst bast


First Known Use: 15th century

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baste

verb

Definition of baste

basted

;

basting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to moisten (as meat) at intervals with a liquid (as melted butter, fat, or pan drippings) especially during cooking

baster

noun

Origin and Etymology of baste

Middle English baisten


First Known Use: 15th century


3

baste

verb

Definition of baste

basted

;

basting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to beat severely or soundly :  thrash

  3. 2 :  to scold vigorously :  berate

Origin and Etymology of baste

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


First Known Use: 1533


BASTE Defined for Kids

1

baste

play
verb \ˈbāst\

Definition of baste for Students

basted

basting

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


2

baste

play
verb

Definition of baste for Students

basted

basting

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



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