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Definition of "baste" [baste]

  • To sew loosely with large running stitches so as to hold together temporarily. (verb-transitive)
  • To moisten (meat, for example) periodically with a liquid, such as melted butter or a sauce, especially while cooking. (verb-transitive)
  • To beat vigorously; thrash. See Synonyms at beat. (verb-transitive)
  • To lambaste. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "baste" in a sentence
  • "During baking, occasionally "baste" the apples, _i. e._ take spoonfuls of the water from around the apples and pour it on the top of them."
  • "Danielson remembers visiting over the next few weeks to "baste" the ends of the canoe that stuck out of the sand."
  • "The bacon helps to 'baste' the chicken while it cooks."