bask
verb Etymology: Middle English, probably from Old Norse bathask, reflexive of batha to bathe; akin to Old English bæth bath Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to lie or relax in a pleasant warmth or atmosphere 2. to take pleasure or derive enjoyment <
basked in the spotlight
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transitive verb obsolete to warm by continued exposure to heat

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  • bask — [ba:sk US bæsk] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: bathask, from batha [i] to take a bath ] 1.) to enjoy sitting or lying in the heat of the sun or a fire bask in ▪ Lizards were basking in the morning sun. 2.) if a place basks in the sun,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bask — [bask, bäsk] vi. [ME basken, to wallow (in blood): found only in Gower & Lydgate; < ?: modern use apparently due to Shakespeare s misunderstanding of Lydgate] 1. to warm oneself pleasantly, as in the sunlight 2. to enjoy a warm or pleasant… …   English World dictionary

  • bask — [ bæsk ] verb intransitive 1. ) to relax and enjoy yourself by lying in the sun: A group of gray seals were basking on a rock. a ) if a place is basking in SUNSHINE or high temperatures, the weather is hot and sunny 2. ) bask in to enjoy people s …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bask — sb., et, bask, ene; et kraftigt bask med vingerne …   Dansk ordbog

  • Bask — Bask, v. t. To warm by continued exposure to heat; to warm with genial heat. [1913 Webster] Basks at the fire his hairy strength. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bask — (b[.a]sk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Basked} (b[.a]skt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Basking}.] [OScand. ba[eth]ask to bathe one s self, or perh. bakask to bake one s self, sk being reflexive. See {Bath}, n., {Bake}, v. t.] To lie in warmth; to be exposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bask — /bask, bahsk/, v.i. 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. v.t. 3. Obs. to expose to warmth or heat. [1350 1400; ME < ON bathask to bathe oneself,… …   Universalium

  • bask — /bask / (say bahsk) verb (i) 1. to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth: to bask in the sunshine. 2. to enjoy a pleasant situation: she basked in royal favour. {Middle English baske(n), from Old Norse baðask bathe} …   Australian English dictionary

  • bask — [v1] lie in sunlight laze, loll, lounge, relax, sun, sunbathe, swim in, toast oneself*, warm oneself; concepts 162,210 Ant. cover, hide bask [v2] lie in glory delight in, derive pleasure, enjoy, indulge, luxuriate, relish, revel, rollick, savor,… …   New thesaurus

  • bask — ► VERB 1) lie exposed to warmth and sunlight for pleasure. 2) (bask in) revel in (something pleasing). ORIGIN perhaps related to an Old Norse word meaning bathe …   English terms dictionary

  • bask — (v.) late 14c., basken to wallow (in blood), with loss of middle syllable, from O.N. baðask to bathe oneself, reflexive of baða bathe (see BATHE (Cf. bathe)). Modern meaning soak up a flood of warmth is apparently due to Shakespeare s use of the… …   Etymology dictionary

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