Definition of basket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːskɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæskɪt//
    Basketball, Shopping in stores
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  1. 1a container for holding or carrying things. Baskets are made of thin strips of material that bends and twists easily, for example plastic, wire or wicker. a shopping basket a picnic basket a clothes/laundry basket (= in which dirty clothes are put before being washed) a wicker/wire basket a cat/dog basket (= in which a cat or dog sleeps or is carried around) see also waste-paper basket See related entries: Shopping in stores
  2. 2the amount contained in a basket a basket of fruit
  3. 3(also cart, shopping cart both especially North American English) a facility on a website that records the items that you select to buy Click to drop items into your shopping basket. 82 per cent of shoppers have abandoned an online shopping basket in the last year.
  4. 4the net and the metal ring it hangs from, high up at each end of a basketball court; a point that is scored by throwing the ball through this net to make/shoot a basket See related entries: Basketball
  5. 5(economics) a number of different goods or currencies the value of the rupee against a basket of currencies
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French basket, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples I decided to empty the waste-paper basket. She heaved the huge basket onto the table. She threw the letter into the waste basket. She was cycling along with her bicycle basket full of groceries. The cat lay curled in its basket. a basket filled with delicious fruit a basket of flowers/​fruit hanging baskets full of summer flowers She found a basket of fruit waiting for her in the hotel room. The logs were in a wicker basket next to the fireplace. We packed a picnic basket and set off for the beach. a cat basket a shopping basketIdioms
    put all your eggs in one basket
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    to rely on one particular course of action for success rather than giving yourself several different possibilities I’ve applied for several jobs. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: basket