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"basis" in British English

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basisnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪ.sɪs/ (plural bases uk   /-siːz/ us   )
  • basis noun [C] (IMPORTANT FACTS)

C1 the most ​importantfacts, ​ideas, etc. from which something is ​developed: This ​document will form the basis forourdiscussion. Their ​proposals have no ​provenscientific basis. Decisions were often made on the basis of (= using)incorrectinformation.

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"basis" in American English

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basisnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbeɪ·sɪs/ (plural bases  /ˈbeɪ·siz/ )
the most ​importantfacts or ​principles or ​ideas that ​support something: There is no basis for ​theirstatements. A basis is also a way or ​method of doing something: Mostly ​peoplework on a ​part-time basis.
(Definition of basis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"basis" in Business English

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basisnoun

uk   us   /ˈbeɪsɪs/ (plural bases /ˈbeɪsiːz/ )
[C, usually singular] a fact or ​situation that makes it possible for something to exist, ​happen, or ​develop in a particular way: basis for sth Should the TV ​licencefee continue to be the basis for the BBC's ​funding? Ministers ​claimed the ​figures were ​bogus and had no basis in reality.be/form/provide the basis for sth Sustainable ​development should ​form the basis for a ​corporatevision of the future.as a basis for sth It is hoped that the WTO ​agreements will ​serve as a basis for ​strengtheningrelationships with ​developing countries.
[S] the way things ​happen, or are done or ​organized: on a daily/monthly/regular, etc. basis Skills need to be ​updated on an ongoing basis.on a full-time/permanent/temporary, etc. basis She's ​employed by the ​agency on a ​temporary basis. Assessment of ​insuranceclaimstakesplace on a case-by-case basis.
[S or U] the reason why someone does something or why something ​happens: There appears to be no logical basis for these ​proposals.on the basis of sth Discrimination on the basis of ​gender, age, race, or sexual ​orientation is against the ​law.on the basis that Some ​bidders were ​rejected on the basis that they ​lacked an ​understanding of the ​needs of the ​organization.
(Definition of basis from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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