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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
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  • In return, he deserved to bask in the glory of discovery.
  • They had hoped to bask in the reflected glory of bold, imaginative government.
  • But to bask in it's past glory is nothing short of atavistic nationalism.
  • But at the end of the war, the survivors did not bask in the glory together.
  • If you want to be bathed in flashbulbs, set up shop near the paparazzi scrums, and try to bask in the reflected glory.
  • But in fact, watchdogs should bask in such disdain if it means they are doing their jobs.
  • Others simply relax in the sun-washed glacial cirque and bask in the presence of the peak.
  • And the embryos bask in the oxygen given off by the algae.
  • As the plants grow, you can bask in your own spot of sunshine.
  • Its four members all sing, and its songs bask in harmony.
British Dictionary definitions for bask


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
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Word Origin and History for bask

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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