Meaning of BASIS in English

BASIS

/ ˈbeɪsɪs; NAmE / noun ( pl. bases / ˈbeɪsiːz; NAmE /)

1.

[ sing. ] the reason why people take a particular action :

She was chosen for the job on the basis of her qualifications.

Some videos have been banned on the basis that they are too violent.

2.

[ sing. ] the way things are organized or arranged :

on a regular / permanent / part-time / temporary basis

on a daily / day-to-day / weekly basis

3.

[ C , usually sing. , U ] the important facts, ideas or events that support sth and that it can develop from :

The basis of a good marriage is trust.

This article will form the basis for our discussion.

The theory seems to have no basis in fact.

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SYNONYMS

basis

foundation ♦ base

These are all words for the ideas or facts that sth is based on.

basis

[usually sing.] a principle, an idea or a fact that supports sth and that it can develop from:

This article will form the basis for our discussion.

foundation

[usually sing.] a principle, an idea or a fact that supports sth and that it develops from:

Respect and friendship provide a solid foundation for marriage.

The rumour is totally without foundation (= is not based on any facts) .

basis or foundation?

Foundation is often used to talk about larger or more important things than basis :

He laid the foundation of Japan 's modern economy.

These figures formed the basis of their pay claim.

base

[usually sing.] an idea, a fact or a situation from which sth is developed:

His arguments have a sound economic base.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

a/the basis / foundation / base for / of sth

a secure / solid / sound / strong / weak basis / foundation / base

to form the basis / foundation / base of sth

to give sb / provide (sb with) a/the basis / foundation / base

to threaten / undermine the basis / foundations of sth

to be without basis / foundation

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WORD ORIGIN

late 16th cent. (denoting a base or pedestal): via Latin from Greek , stepping . Compare with the noun base .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.