- The definition of bask means to enjoy a happy or very comfortable situation.
- Standing onstage while the audience applauds your fantastic performance is an example of to bask in the appreciation.
- Sitting outside on a warm sunny day is an example of to bask in the sunshine.
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- to warm oneself pleasantly, as in the sunlight
- to enjoy a warm or pleasant feeling from being in a certain environment or situation: to bask in someone's favor
Origin: Middle English basken, to wallow (in blood): found only inch(es) Gower and amp; Lydgate; ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps : modern use apparently due to Shakespeare's misunderstanding of Lydgate
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intransitive verb basked, bask·ing, basks
- To expose oneself to pleasant warmth.
- To take great pleasure or satisfaction: “an opportunity to bask in the genteel applause of the faithful” (Paul A. Witteman).
Origin: Middle English basken.