Definition of basket in English:


Syllabification: bas·ket
Pronunciation: /ˈbaskit


  • 1A container used to hold or carry things, typically made from interwoven strips of cane or wire: a laundry basket
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    • Place dishes in a wire basket or other container and dip them in a sanitizing solution.
    • Something else struck me in the picture, and that was that the women going about their shopping all carried baskets or shopping bags, not a plastic carrier in sight.
    • Many of these were used for other purposes, such as laundry baskets or to carry alcohol.
    hamper, creel, pannier, bushel; wicker basket; mocuck
  • 1.1 (also shopping basket) A facility on a website that records items selected by a customer for purchase until the transaction is completed: click on the order button to add a title to your basket
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    • Cookies are small pieces of information which are used to make your journey through the site smoother by remembering what you did last or what you added to your basket.
    • Just remember: putting an item in your basket doesn't mean that you have reserved it - you could go to checkout to find that another person has already bought it.
    • Browse and add items to your basket, and then enter the voucher code when prompted to take advantage of this discount.
  • 1.2A structure suspended from a hot-air balloon for carrying the crew, equipment, and ballast.
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    • When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket.
    • The heated air that lifts the balloon comes from a hydrocarbon gas burner attached above the basket.
    • Explore beautiful Colorado from the basket of a hot air balloon.
  • 1.3 Finance A group or range of currencies or investments: the European currency unit is made up of a basket of ten currencies
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    • However, the central bank persisted in pegging the baht to a basket of currencies in which the dollar had 80 per cent influence.
    • Now it is possible that in the first six months of next year, they move to an exchange rate that is tied to a basket of currencies.
    • Consequently, he is advising investors to buy a basket of commodities such as copper, sugar, cotton, corn and crude oil.
  • 2 Basketball A net fixed on a hoop used as the goal.
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    • Put two good rebounders close to the basket and designate one player to box out the shooter.
    • Most of his points came from dunks when receiving the ball near the basket.
    • But my teammates have called on me to be aggressive and take the ball to the baskets, so I'm learning how to do that, too.
  • 2.1A goal scored.
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    • They almost won, even though they only scored 2 real baskets the whole game.
    • We went out and scored the first basket in the second half and couldn't continue the pace.
    • Many of his title game baskets were scored after setting up deep in the low post.


Middle English: from Old French basket, of unknown ultimate origin.

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