- 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 basked
For decades, these two industrial brewers have basked in a sort of shared-monopoly over the Panamanian beer racket.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
At which Barry put down the mic and basked in a round of applause.Marion Barry: ‘I Did It My Way’
June 23, 2014
And yet, while most of us basked in these literary offerings, less generous critics ruthlessly savaged these works.Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
But he sorted that out, and for the rest of his long life, basked in the afterglow of the Kennedy White House.The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK
October 27, 2013
It has basked in growing popularity in the rebel areas of Idlib and Aleppo provinces tucked under the border with Turkey.Al Qaeda’s Syria Play
April 10, 2013
Bill completely filled a chair, where he basked in the evening sunlight.The Law-Breakers
The loss of that favor in which, as in a sunshine, he basked, is a bereavement too great to be borne.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
There was not a clime he had not basked in; not an engagement he had not witnessed.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
Meanwhile he basked in the sun of notoriety, and played his rôle of the man of principle.Half a Hero
For years they could hardly be said to live like mortals: they basked in bliss.White Lies
- 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 basked
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.