bask


bask
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 word in reference to sunshine in "As You Like It" (1600). Related: Basked; BASKING (Cf. basking).

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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

  • Başkənd — may refer to: *Artsvashen, Armenia *Başkənd, Kalbajar, Azerbaijan *Başkənd, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijanee also*Bashkend …   Wikipedia

  • 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´er — bask «bask, bahsk», intransitive verb. 1. to warm oneself pleasantly: »The cat basks in the warm sunshine. 2. Figurative. to feel great pleasure: »He basked in the love of his family. SYNONYM(S): luxuriate. –v.t. to warm pleasantly: »We basked… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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


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