Bask



to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth:
to bask in the sunshine.
to enjoy a pleasant situation:
He basked in royal favor.
Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat.
Contemporary Examples

But other Zentai enthusiasts wear their suits in public and bask in the reactions of startled passers-by.
Men Who Love Lycra Will Doig March 2, 2010

Allow yourself to bask in the glory of scored achievements, taking a breather from attacking new goals.
What the Stars Hold for Your Week Starsky + Cox July 7, 2011

He’ll talk up his Senate ambitions for awhile, bask in the political limelight, and then stick with his current shtick.
Senator Geraldo Rivera? Seems Unlikely the Fox News Pundit Will Run Howard Kurtz February 1, 2013

Five days, also, in which to bask in their own impressive achievements.
Bring It On! Team USA Progresses to Round 2 Tunku Varadarajan June 25, 2014

bask in the intergenerational warmth as they rock ‘n’ twang together.
A Quick and Dirty Rundown of What to Watch Nicole Ankowski November 1, 2008

Historical Examples

After his exertions in the rain and mud, it was delightful to bask in warmth and comfort and rest his aching limbs.
The Girl From Keller’s Harold Bindloss

After our long and restless journey, we bask in thy serene light.
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864 Various

It is a happiness and satisfaction to know you, and to bask in the atmosphere of you.
Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter

See the very bees and gnats, how they dance and bask in the sunbeams!
True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley

Now it is a sunbath we want rather than a cold dip,—to bask in the warmth like any cottontail.
In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham

verb (intransitive) usually foll by in
to lie in or be exposed to pleasant warmth, esp that of the sun
to flourish or feel secure under some benevolent influence or favourable condition
v.

late 14c., basken “to wallow (in blood),” with loss of middle syllable, from Old Norse baðask “to bathe oneself,” reflexive of baða “bathe” (see 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.

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