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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.

Origin of bask

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old Norse bathask “to bathe oneself,” equivalent to bath- bath1 + -ask reflexive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bask in a sentence

  • Just look at this front-page Washington Post story: “Romney—now ‘one of the guys’—basks in new enthusiasm from GOP.”

  • Let us go whither the stag rests at noonday in the shady groves, whither the heron bathes and the turtle basks in the sun.

  • He receives very large royalties and basks in the sunshine of his own hypocrisy.

    Nat Goodwin's Book | Nat C. Goodwin
  • The bright snowy-looking place basks in the setting sun, while the tops of the red-tiled roofs seem to peep at us over the walls.

    A Day's Tour | Percy Fitzgerald
  • Very quiet she is,—so quiet that a radiant butterfly has settled on her shoulder, and basks there in the warm sun.

  • The good old man is like some frail plant that trembles at a breath of wind and basks in the smallest gleam of sunshine.

British Dictionary definitions for bask


/ (bɑːsk) /

verb(intr usually foll by in)
  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

Origin of bask

C14: from Old Norse bathask to bathe

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