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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

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.
Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced The Telegraph January 18, 2014

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

Historical Examples

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.


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