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[ bask ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth:

    to bask in the sunshine.

  2. to enjoy a pleasant situation:

    He basked in royal favor.

verb (used with object)

  1. Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat.


/ bɑːsk /


  1. to lie in or be exposed to pleasant warmth, esp that of the sun
  2. to flourish or feel secure under some benevolent influence or favourable condition

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bask1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old Norse bathask “to bathe oneself,” equivalent to bath- bath 1 + -ask reflexive suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bask1

C14: from Old Norse bathask to bathe

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Example Sentences

The animals spend five hours a day grazing on grasses and the rest of their time basking in the cool waters of the Magdalena River and surrounding lakes.

For those times when you just want to sit back and bask in the highest-quality resolution and the most immersive sound, you need to pick your hardware carefully.

Spas and bathhouses were but a memory this year, but you can bask in hot hugs from the comfort of your own home.

In “The Bracebridge Dinner,” as everyone comes to the Independence Inn for an aggressively historically inaccurate “period dinner,” we get to bask in the feeling of being part of this community.

From Vox

Although few things are more pleasurable than basking on granite slabs after a polar plunge in the High Sierra, the dapples on my shoulders from years of sun exposure indicate that I should do otherwise.

Five days, also, in which to bask in their own impressive achievements.

He'll talk up his Senate ambitions for awhile, bask in the political limelight, and then stick with his current shtick.

Even on Labor Day, while we bask in the blinding sun one last time.

Dmitri loved participating in interviews and documentaries, and again would bask in the role of generous host.

Wooldridge, forty, was the nineteenth-ranking official in an agency that did not exactly bask in White House attention.

And there, they say, two bright and agéd snakes Who once were brigadiers of infantry Bask in the sun.

We will bask in the warmth of a cheerful blaze this evening, and toast our toes before the glowing coals.

After his exertions in the rain and mud, it was delightful to bask in warmth and comfort and rest his aching limbs.

When she came to the room where she had left him she found no chance to “bask.”

He knew they had seen him disappearing and, airman like, they would remain awhile to bask in the sunlight and "dry off."


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