- to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth: to bask in the sunshine.
- to enjoy a pleasant situation: He basked in royal favor.
- Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat.
Origin of bask
Examples from the Web for bask
Five days, also, in which to bask in their own impressive achievements.Bring It On! Team USA Progresses to Round 2
June 26, 2014
He'll talk up his Senate ambitions for awhile, bask in the political limelight, and then stick with his current shtick.Senator Geraldo Rivera? Seems Unlikely the Fox News Pundit Will Run
February 2, 2013
Even on Labor Day, while we bask in the blinding sun one last time.Labor Day: What Does ‘Labor’ Mean, Anyway?
September 3, 2012
None of the hoopla seemed to have fazed the Iranian president, who loves to bask in controversy during his U.S. visits.Ahmadinejad Basks in His Own Glory
September 23, 2011
Allow yourself to bask in the glory of scored achievements, taking a breather from attacking new goals.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
Starsky + Cox
July 8, 2011
But he will return some day to bask in the countenance of Muene-Motapa.Sacrifice</p>
Stephen French Whitman
After our long and restless journey, we bask in thy serene light.
It is a happiness and satisfaction to know you, and to bask in the atmosphere of you.Evening Round Up</p>
William Crosbie Hunter
See the very bees and gnats, how they dance and bask in the sunbeams!True Words for Brave Men
We bask in its sunshine, growing strong and happy as we read.
- to lie in or be exposed to pleasant warmth, esp that of the sun
- to flourish or feel secure under some benevolent influence or favourable condition
Word Origin and History for bask
late 14c., basken "to wallow (in blood)," with loss of middle syllable, from Old Norse baðask "to bathe oneself," reflexive of baða "bathe" (see bathe). Modern meaning "soak up a flood of warmth" is apparently due to Shakespeare's use of the word in reference to sunshine in "As You Like It" (1600). Related: Basked; basking.