from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To expose oneself to pleasant warmth.
  • intransitive v. To take great pleasure or satisfaction: "an opportunity to bask in the genteel applause of the faithful” ( Paul A. Witteman).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To take great pleasure or satisfaction; to feel warmth or happiness. (This verb is usually followed by "in").

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To lie in warmth; to be exposed to genial heat.
  • transitive v. To warm by continued exposure to heat; to warm with genial heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bathe, especially in warm water (and hence in blood, etc.).
  • To lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth; luxuriate in the genial heat or rays of anything: as, to bask in the sunshine.
  • Figuratively, to be at ease and thriving under benign or gratifying influences: as, to bask in the favor of a king or of one's lady-love.
  • To expose to genial warmth; suffuse with agreeable heat.
  • Bitter.
  • Same as bash.
  • n. Emitted warmth; a genial radiation or suffusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in
  • v. be exposed


Middle English basken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse baðask ("to take a bath"). (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.