[bask, bahsk]
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.

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

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).

1742, prp. adj. from bask (q.v.). Basking shark is recorded from 1769.
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Example sentences
From zombie caterpillars to basking sharks at sea.
No, a gentle giant, a placid consumer of tiny prey that spends a lot of time
  basking at the surface.
More than two dozen timber rattlesnakes were basking in the hazy sunshine,
  heaped in an area the size of a card table.
Basking in the sun out of the wind is a pleasure for many living creatures.
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