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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. 2015.
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  • After his exertions in the rain and mud, it was delightful to bask in warmth and comfort and rest his aching limbs.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • After our long and restless journey, we bask in thy serene light.

  • It is a happiness and satisfaction to know you, and to bask in the atmosphere of you.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • See the very bees and gnats, how they dance and bask in the sunbeams!

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • Now it is a sunbath we want rather than a cold dip,—to bask in the warmth like any cottontail.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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