Meaning of BASIS in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If something is done on a particular ~, it is done according to that method, system, or principle.

We’re going to be meeting there on a regular ~...

They want all groups to be treated on an equal ~...

I’ve always worked on the ~ that if I don’t know anything technical I shan’t be any worse off.

N-SING: with supp, usu on N


If you say that you are acting on the ~ of something, you are giving that as the reason for your action.

McGregor must remain confined, on the ~ of the medical reports we have received...

N-SING: on N, oft N of n, N that


The ~ of something is its starting point or an important part of it from which it can be further developed.

Both factions have broadly agreed that the UN plan is a possible ~ for negotiation.

...the sub-atomic particles that form the ~ of nearly all matter on earth.

= foundation

N-COUNT: usu sing, usu N for/of n


The ~ for something is a fact or argument that you can use to prove or justify it.

...Japan’s attempt to secure the legal ~ to send troops overseas...

This is a common fallacy which has no ~ in fact.

N-COUNT: usu sing

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