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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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Examples from the web for basking
  • 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.
  • Oh that's right, they're all basking in alleged white privilege, if not abundant funding.
  • Sometimes the bones are preserved, they are made up of cartilage and they typically come from basking sharks.
  • It was a time for sober reflection and perhaps basking in a small measure of personal satisfaction.
  • The author winds up his journey basking in the warm nonconscious glow of these slips and other messy life situations.
  • They can often be spotted basking in the sun to raise their body temperature, not unlike a reptile would.
  • Other true believers are simply basking in the glow of having the coolest guy in the world live in town.
British Dictionary definitions for basking


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 basking

1742, present participle adjective from bask (v.). Basking shark is recorded from 1769.



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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