Meaning of “baseline” in the English Dictionary

"baseline" in English

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baselinenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈbeɪs.laɪn/ us /ˈbeɪs.laɪn/

(Definition of “baseline” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"baseline" in Business English

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baselinenoun [ S ]

uk /ˈbeɪslaɪn/ us

FINANCE an amount of money or a number that is used to compare other amounts of money or numbers to, especially as a way of measuring whether they have increased or decreased:

a baseline price/figure/rate
$13 million was added to the baseline budget for the district attorney's office.

a minimum level of quality, safety, etc. that is considered to be necessary in a particular situation:

baseline for sth Europe's steelmakers have proposed a system that sets a baseline for carbon efficiency.
baseline of sth The new features should provide a baseline of security for Windows users.

(Definition of “baseline” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)