When cooks baste food, they brush or drizzle a savory liquid on it as it's cooking. If you baste your Thanksgiving turkey while it bakes, it will stay moist and tender.

A chef might baste grilled vegetables with their marinade, or baste roasting meat with its own oily drippings. The technique keeps food from drying out as it cooks. Another meaning of baste is "to sew loosely." You might quickly baste the hem of a curtain before stitching it securely in place. The origin of the culinary baste is a bit of a mystery, but the sewing term comes from the Old French bastir, "construct" or "sew up."

Definitions of baste
  1. verb
    cover with liquid before cooking
    baste a roast”
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    type of:
    dampen, moisten, wash
    make moist
  2. verb
    sew together loosely, with large stitches
    baste a hem”
    synonyms: tack
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    type of:
    run up, sew, sew together, stitch
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
  3. noun
    a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
    synonyms: basting, basting stitch, tacking
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    type of:
    embroidery stitch, sewing stitch
    a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
  4. verb
    strike violently and repeatedly
    synonyms: batter, clobber
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    type of:
    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
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