Definition of bask in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɑːsk


[no object]
1Lie exposed to warmth and light, typically from the sun, for relaxation and pleasure: sprawled figures basking in the afternoon sun the seals came ashore to breed and to bask
More example sentences
  • I basked for a while in the warmth, breathing deeply as my stresses drifted away.
  • Geneva was not planning to do anything, just bask under the glory of the sun.
  • Finally, butterflies like some flat stones for basking or sunbathing to gather warmth for powering their wings.
laze, lie, lounge, relax, sprawl, loll;
sunbathe, sun oneself, warm oneself
1.1 (bask in) Revel in and make the most of (something pleasing): he went on basking in the glory of his first book
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  • He positively basks in this news, delighted at the thought.
  • This two-hour show offers a venue for jazz lovers to bask in the appreciation of the music.
  • Even as he basks in the glory of his school's achievement, he nurses a grudge.
revel, luxuriate, wallow, delight, take pleasure, rejoice, glory, indulge oneself;
enjoy, relish, savour, lap up
informal get a kick out of, get a thrill out of, get a charge from


late Middle English (originally in the sense 'bathe'): perhaps related to Old Norse batha 'bathe'.

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