Definition of basket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaskət/


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;
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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  • Add the items you wish to download to your shopping basket and then click on the checkout button.
  • To calculate postage check your basket and click on continue - you will then be able to determine what options are available to you without having to check out or pay.
  • Just remember that if you disable cookies you'll probably get error messages when you try to shop online or you won't be able to add items to your basket.
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.

Words that rhyme with basket


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Syllabification: bas·ket

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