base1 W1S1 [beıs] v
[T usually passive]
to have your main place of work, business etc in a particular place
The paper had intended to base itself in London.
be based in sth
The new organization will be based in Dallas.
base on/upon [base sth on/upon sth] phr v
to use something as the thing from which something else is developed
Their relationship was based upon mutual respect.
an economy based on farming
On what do you base your theory?
base 2
base2 W2S2 n
1¦(lowest part)¦
8 be off base
11 touch base (with somebody)
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin basis; BASIS]
1.) ¦(LOWEST PART)¦ [C usually singular]
a) the lowest part or surface of something
= ↑bottom base of
There is a door at the base of the tower.
the base of a triangle
a frozen dessert with a biscuit base
a wine glass with a heavy base
The leather of his left trainer was coming away from its rubber base.
b) the lowest point on a plant or part of your body, where it joins another part
= ↑bottom base of
a hole in the base of the tree
He was killed by an axe blow to the base of his skull.
the most important part of something, from which new ideas develop
India has a good scientific research base.
base for
They were laying the base for a new economic recovery.
Changes in working practices will provide a base for improved performance.
3.) ¦(MILITARY)¦
a place where people in a military organization live and work
military/naval/air base
the main place from which a person, company, or organization controls their activities
base for
He used the house as a base for his printing business.
5.) ¦(PEOPLE/GROUPS)¦ [C usually singular]
the people, money, groups etc that form the main part of something
The company has built up a loyal customer base .
By broadening the tax base (=all the people who pay taxes) , he could raise more revenues.
an attempt to strengthen the city's economic base (=things that produce jobs and money)
The country's manufacturing base (=all the factories, companies etc that produce goods in a country) has shrunk by 20%.
6.) ¦(SUBSTANCE/MIXTURE)¦ [singular, U]
the main part of a substance, meal etc to which other things are added
paint with an oil base
base for
Jacket potatoes form the base for a healthy meal.
Vodka is the base for many cocktails.
7.) ¦(SPORT)¦
one of the four places that a player must touch in order to get a point in games such as ↑baseball
8.) be off base
AmE informal to be completely wrong
His estimate for painting the kitchen seems way off base.
9.) ¦(CHEMICAL)¦ technical
a chemical substance that combines with an acid to form a ↑salt
10.) ¦(NUMBERS)¦ [C usually singular]
technical the number in relation to which a number system or mathematical table is built up, for example 10 in the ↑decimal system
11.) touch base (with sb)
to talk to someone to find out what is happening about something
>basal adj
cover (all) the bases atcover1 (12)
base 3
base3 adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: bas, from Medieval Latin bassus 'short, low']
not having good moral principles
base attitudes and desires

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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