intr.v. basked, bask·ing, basks
1. To expose oneself to pleasant warmth.
2. To take great pleasure or satisfaction: "an opportunity to bask in the genteel applause of the faithful" (Paul A. Witteman).
[Middle English basken, to bathe oneself (in warm liquid), wallow, perhaps from Old Norse badhask, to bathe oneself : badha, to bathe (; akin to Old English bæth, bath) + -sk, reflexive suffix (contraction of sik, third person sg. reflexive pronoun).]
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