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baste1

[beyst]
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verb (used with object), bast·ed, bast·ing.
  1. to sew with long, loose stitches, as in temporarily tacking together pieces of a garment while it is being made.
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Origin of baste1

1400–50; late Middle English basten < Anglo-French, Middle French bastir to build, baste < Germanic; compare Old High German bestan to mend, patch for *bastian to bring together with bast thread or string (bast bast + -i- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix)

baste2

[beyst]
verb (used with object), bast·ed, bast·ing.
  1. to moisten (meat or other food) while cooking, with drippings, butter, etc.
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noun
  1. liquid used to moisten and flavor food during cooking: a baste of sherry and pan juices.
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Origin of baste2

1425–75; late Middle English basten, of obscure origin

baste3

[beyst]
verb (used with object), bast·ed, bast·ing.
  1. to beat with a stick; thrash; cudgel.
  2. to denounce or scold vigorously: an editorial basting the candidate for irresponsible statements.
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Origin of baste3

1525–35; variant of baist, perhaps < Old Norse beysta to beat, thrash
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British Dictionary definitions for basted

baste1

verb
  1. (tr) to sew with loose temporary stitches
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French bastir to build, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German besten to sew with bast

baste2

verb
  1. to moisten (meat) during cooking with hot fat and the juices produced
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Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin

baste3

verb
  1. (tr) to beat thoroughly; thrash
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Word Origin

C16: probably from Old Norse beysta
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Word Origin and History for basted

baste

v.3

"beat, thrash," 1530s, perhaps from the cookery sense of baste (v.2) or from some Scandinavian source (e.g. Swedish basa "to beat, flog," bösta "to thump") akin to Old Norse beysta "to beat," and related to Old English beatan (see beat (v.)).

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baste

v.1

"sew together loosely," c.1400, from Old French bastir "build, construct, sew up (a garment), baste, make, prepare, arrange" (12c., Modern French bâtir "to build"), probably from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *bastjan "join together with bast" (cf. Old High German besten; see bast).

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baste

v.2

"to soak in gravy, moisten," late 14c., of unknown origin, possibly from Old French basser "to moisten, soak," from bassin "basin" (see basin). Related: Basted; basting.

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