WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
baste1 /beɪst/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], bast•ed, bast•ing. 
  1. Clothingto sew with long, loose temporary stitches.
bast•er, n. [countable]

baste2 /beɪst/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], bast•ed, bast•ing. 
  1. to moisten (food) with drippings, etc., while cooking.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
baste1  (bāst),USA pronunciation v.t.,  bast•ed, bast•ing. 
  1. Clothingto sew with long, loose stitches, as in temporarily tacking together pieces of a garment while it is being made.
  • Gmc; compare Old High German bestan to mend, patch for *bastian to bring together with bast thread or string (bast bast + -i- verb, verbal suffix + -an infinitive suffix)
  • Anglo-French, Middle French bastir to build, baste
  • late Middle English basten 1400–50

baste2  (bāst),USA pronunciation v.,  bast•ed, bast•ing, n. 
  1. to moisten (meat or other food) while cooking, with drippings, butter, etc.

  1. Foodliquid used to moisten and flavor food during cooking:a baste of sherry and pan juices.
  • late Middle English basten, of obscure origin, originally 1425–75

baste3  (bāst),USA pronunciation v.t.,  bast•ed, bast•ing. 
  1. to beat with a stick;
  2. to denounce or scold vigorously:an editorial basting the candidate for irresponsible statements.
  • Old Norse beysta to beat, thrash
  • variant of baist, perh. 1525–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

baste /beɪst/ vb
  1. (transitive) to sew with loose temporary stitches
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bastir to build, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German besten to sew with bast
baste /beɪst/ vb
  1. to moisten (meat) during cooking with hot fat and the juices produced
Etymology: 15th Century: of uncertain origin
baste /beɪst/ vb
  1. (transitive) to beat thoroughly; thrash
Etymology: 16th Century: probably from Old Norse beysta

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