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basenoun

  • base noun (BOTTOM)

us   /beɪs/ [C] the bottom of an object; the part on which it rests: This lamp has a heavy base so it won’t tip over.
geometry us   /beɪs/ [C] A base angle is one of the two equal angles that include the bottom of an isosceles triangle.
  • base noun (MAIN PLACE)

us   /beɪs/ [C] the place from which a business operates or a person works: We have an office in San Diego, but Washington is still our base.
us   /beɪs/ [C] A base is also a place from which the military operates that provides weapons storage and housing: The military has bases all over the US.
  • base noun (SUBSTANCE)

biology /beɪs/ [C] one of four chemical substances that make up the part of DNA and RNA that controls the structure of genes
  • base noun (CHEMICAL)

chemistry /beɪs/ [C/U] any of various chemical substances that have the opposite effect or chemical behavior as that of an acid
  • base noun (NUMBER)

mathematics /beɪs/ [C] a number that is multiplied by itself: In 6³, 6 is the base and it is multiplied by 6 three times.
  • base noun (MAIN PART)

us   /beɪs/ [C usually sing] the main part of something, or the people or activities that form the main part of something: The sauce has an olive oil base. Tourism remains the city’s economic base. He’ll need a wide base of regional support to win the election.
  • base noun (WORD PART)

grammar /beɪs/ [C] a word or word part to which prefixes and endings may be added to make new words, as in "do," the base of "redo" and "doable"
  • base noun (BASEBALL)

us   /beɪs/ [C] (in the game of baseball) one of the four angles of a square, all of which a player must touch in order to score: He reached first base on a single.

baseverb [T always + adv/prep]

us   /beɪs/
to establish a place as the place from which a business operates or a person works: Where is your company based?
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"base" in British English

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basenoun

uk   /beɪs/ us   /beɪs/
  • base noun (BOTTOM)

B2 [C] the bottom part of an object, on which it rests, or the lowest part of something: a crystal glass with a heavy base At the base of the cliff was a rocky beach. This cream provides an excellent base for your make-up (= a good bottom layer on which other layers can be put).

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  • base noun (IN BASEBALL)

[C] one of the four positions on a square that a player must reach to score a point in the game of baseball

baseadjective

uk   /beɪs/ us   /beɪs/ literary

baseverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /beɪs/ us   /beɪs/
B2 to have a particular town or area, etc. as the main place that you live and work in, or where you do business from: Where is your firm based? He was based in (= he lived in or was at a military establishment in) Birmingham during the war.

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  • He was based in London during the war.
  • He's based in Paris during the week.
  • The company is based in Coventry.
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"base" in Business English

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basenoun [C]

uk   /beɪs/ us  
the place where a company does its main business from: The company, which has its base in California, plans to set up an office in Beijing.
all the resources or people that a company, etc. depends on in order to be successful: a company's economic/industrial/research base Manchester United's fans make up 17% of its shareholder base.
a positive feature of a situation that makes it possible for something else to grow and develop: base (for sth) A cut to 10p per share would give a yield of 5.8% and a new base for dividend growth.
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 prices or numbers have increased or decreased: The newspaper hopes to add several million dollars to its revenue base from the switchover.

baseverb [T + adv/prep]

uk   /beɪs/ us  
to have a particular country, city, etc. as the main place that you do business from: They took the decision to base their headquarters in Germany.
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(Definition of base from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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