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noun [countable] basket pronunciation in British English /ˈbɑːskɪt/
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  1. 1
    a container for carrying or keeping things in, made from thin pieces of plastic, wire, or wood woven together, and sometimes with a handle

    a picnic basket

    a laundry basket

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      the things in a basket, or the amount that it contains

      a basket of shopping

  2. 2
    the net that you throw the ball through in basketball
    1. a.
      a point scored in basketball
      make/shoot a basket:

      She shot the winning basket.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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