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[bask, bahsk] /bæsk, bɑsk/
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat.
Origin of bask
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse bathask to bathe oneself, equivalent to bath- bath1 + -ask reflexive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bill completely filled a chair, where he basked in the evening sunlight.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • 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.

  • Meanwhile he basked in the sun of notoriety, and played his rôle of the man of principle.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • For years they could hardly be said to live like mortals: they basked in bliss.

    White Lies Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for basked


verb (intransitive) usually foll by in
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
C14: from Old Norse bathask to bathe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

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