bask

[bask, bahsk]
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)
3.
Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse bathask to bathe oneself, equivalent to bath- bath1 + -ask reflexive suffix

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bask (bɑːsk)
 
vb (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
 
[C14: from Old Norse bathask to bathe]

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bask
late 14c., basken "to wallow (in blood)," from O.N. baðask, 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).
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Example sentences
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.
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