Meaning of BASIS in English

ba ‧ sis S2 W1 /ˈbeɪsəs, ˈbeɪsɪs/ BrE AmE noun ( plural bases /-siːz/) [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ base , the basics, ↑ basis ; adjective : ↑ baseless , ↑ basic , ↑ based ; verb : ↑ base ; adverb : ↑ basically ]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: Greek , 'step, base' , from bainein 'to go' ]

1 . the facts, ideas, or things from which something can be developed:

Their claim had no basis in fact (=it was not true) .

basis of

Bread forms the basis of their daily diet.

basis for

The video will provide a basis for class discussion.

2 . on the basis of something because of a particular fact or situation:

discrimination on the basis of sex

3 . on a regular/daily/weekly etc basis every day, week etc:

I’m saving money on a regular basis.

4 . on a voluntary/part-time/temporary etc basis a system or agreement by which someone or something is ↑ voluntary etc:

Nurses are employed on a full-time basis.

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■ verbs

▪ form the basis of something

This research will form the basis of a book.

▪ provide a basis for something

The poem provided the basis for an interesting class discussion.

▪ become the basis of/for something

Some of these ideas became the basis for the Parents’ Educational Union.

▪ serve as a basis for something

The document will serve as a basis for negotiations.

▪ establish a basis ( also lay a basis ) (=create something from which something can be developed)

The agreement established a sound basis for international commerce.

▪ have a basis

Our constitution has a democratic basis.

▪ have no basis in fact (=be not true)

Many of these rumours have no basis in fact.

■ adjectives

▪ a good basis

Love and trust form a good basis for marriage.

▪ a sound/firm/solid basis

Drama school may provide a sound basis for an acting career.

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▪ basis the facts, ideas, things etc from which something can be developed:

His work will be used as a basis for future research.

▪ foundation the thing on which something is based, especially something important that continues for a long time:

Their ideas were the foundation for the political system that exists in the UK today.


How can we provide a solid foundation for world peace?

▪ bedrock the most important thing that something depends on in order to be successful:

Honesty is the bedrock of any healthy relationship.


Labour’s traditional bedrock of support is among the working classes.

▪ cornerstone the most important thing that something depends on in order to be successful, especially in business and politics:

Confidence is the cornerstone of our business.


NATO remains a cornerstone of defence policy for Europe.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.