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.
At which Barry put down the mic and basked in a round of applause.
Marion Barry: ‘I Did It My Way’ Lloyd Grove June 22, 2014
And yet, while most of us basked in these literary offerings, less generous critics ruthlessly savaged these works.
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It has basked in growing popularity in the rebel areas of Idlib and Aleppo provinces tucked under the border with Turkey.
Al Qaeda’s Syria Play Jamie Dettmer April 9, 2013
But he sorted that out, and for the rest of his long life, basked in the afterglow of the Kennedy White House.
The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK Ted Widmer October 26, 2013
Mehlman, a man seemingly born in a well-pressed suit, basked in the victory, relaxed in a flannel shirt.
Gay Marriage’s Unlikely Hero Samuel P. Jacobs June 25, 2011
There was not a clime he had not basked in; not an engagement he had not witnessed.
Charles O’Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles Lever
Bill completely filled a chair, where he basked in the evening sunlight.
The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
Perry whistled a gay tune softly as he basked there in the warm sunlight and awaited the arrival of the rest of the boat’s crew.
The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
Meanwhile he basked in the sun of notoriety, and played his rôle of the man of principle.
Half a Hero Anthony Hope
She felt a need of faith, and basked enraptured by the Divine goodness.
A Love Episode Emile Zola
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
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.
John, 1706–75, English typographer and manufacturer of lacquered ware. a style of type. Historical Examples He was delighted to see Baskerville and Mrs. Luttrell, the latter being to him, as to most men, an ever blooming tree of delight. Mrs. Darrell Foxcroft Davis Yes, it is a statement of a certain legend which runs in […]
a container made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible material woven together. a container made of pieces of thin veneer, used for packing berries, vegetables, etc. the amount contained in a basket; a basketful: to pick a basket of apples. anything like a basket in shape or use: He never empties […]
a game played by two teams of usually five players each on a rectangular court having a raised basket or goal at each end, points being scored by tossing the ball through the opponent’s basket. the round, inflated ball, approximately 30 inches (76 cm) in circumference, used in this game. Contemporary Examples Jerry Joseph was […]
- Basket case
Offensive. a person who has had all four limbs amputated. a person who is helpless or incapable of functioning normally, especially due to overwhelming stress, anxiety, or the like. anything that is impaired or incapable of functioning: Right after the war the conquered nation was considered an economic basket case. Contemporary Examples If not for […]