basebase2 ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 lowest part [countable usually singular]BOTTOM a) the lowest part or surface of something syn bottombase 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 syn bottombase of a hole in the base of the tree He was killed by an axe blow to the base of his skull.► see thesaurus at bottom2 knowledge/ideas [countable]BASIC the most important part of something, from which new ideas develop syn foundation India has a good scientific research base.base for They were laying the base for a new economic recovery.3 military [countable]PM a place where people in a military organization live and workmilitary/naval/air base4 company/organization [countable, uncountable]COME FROM/ORIGINATE the main place from which a person, company, or organization controls their activitiesbase for He used the house as a base for his printing business.5 people/groups [countable usually singular]ALL/EVERYTHING 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%. → power base6 substance/mixture [singular, uncountable]MIX the main part of a substance, meal etc to which other things are added paint with an oil basebase for Vodka is the base for many cocktails.7 sport [countable]DSB one of the four places that a player must touch in order to get a point in games such as baseball8 → be off base9 chemical [countable]HCC technical a chemical substance that combines with an acid to form a salt10 numbers [countable usually singular]HM technical the number in relation to which a number system or mathematical table is built up, for example 10 in the decimal system11 → touch base (with somebody) —basal adjective → cover (all) the bases at cover1(12)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: the most important part of something, from which new ideas developadjectivesa good baseThis data provided a good base for further research.a solid/firm/strong baseA good education should give you a solid base for life.a sound/secure baseA child needs a responsive mother in order to form a secure base for future development.a broad baseThe first year of the course aims to provide students with a broad base of knowledge.a knowledge baseYou’re building up a knowledge base that you’ll be able to use later.verbshave a basePermanent staff have a better base from which to plan their career development.provide a baseIt is essential to provide a sound base from which economic progress can be made.build a baseBy concentrating on our core businesses we will build a strong base from which to exploit future opportunities.give somebody a baseThe training gives you a broad base in actually running an organization.
Examples from the Corpusbase• Cuba was seen as a base for Communist activity throughout Latin America.• Both French and Spanish come from a Latin base.• a naval base• You should paint the outside walls with an oil base.• Where that popular base does not exist such laws are only imposed on the population with great difficulty, if at all.• a black vase with a round base• Microsoft's base is in Redmond, Washington.• The lamp has a square base.• This decision is likely to be influenced by the age and tax base cost of the company's plant.• Put a liquid fertilizer around the base of each plant.• He directs us to a good campsite a half mile down the beach at the base of a fresh-water estuary.• And he has emerged from the base of a bridge to warn city officials that it was about to collapse.• The base of the column was cracked.base of• Pour the concrete around the base of the post.• Spirit Lake is at the base of Mount St. Helens.• the base of a trianglebase for• A good elementary school education provides a solid base for the rest of a child's school years.military/naval/air base• The 550-acre naval station at Treasure Island is one of 29 California military bases closed in 1993 by Congress.• Fresh air bases were set up in Bank Mine and a team of brave and dedicated doctors went underground to assist.• Enlistedmen control the main military base, where the army's weapons are stored.• Then I went to work at the Alameda naval air base, as a machinist's helper.• Some convention delegates live near military bases that were closing or had closed.• Their targets were the air bases.customer base• From a small, localised clientele, the company has now expanded into a customer base which stretches from Southampton to Wick.• Are there other untapped demographics you can identify to build an additional customer base?• It would even, he added, be interested in the odd competitor to increase its customer base.• The clothier doesn't serve consumers in general, it caters to its own customer base.• This information is supplemented by a wealth of subscriber-supplied data from a wide-ranging customer base.• A bookshop's customer base might well change as a result of changing stock profile.• The company's customer base is growing.• The customer base was considerably strengthened and a variety of new products launched.