base Definition

  • 1the lowest part or edge of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported
  • 2a fundamental principle or groundwork; foundation
  • 3morally low; dishonorable

Using base: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "base" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The vase fell off the table and broke at its base.

  • Example

    The base of the mountain was covered in snow.

  • Example

    The company's success was built on the base of hard work and dedication.

  • Example

    His actions were morally base and unacceptable.

base Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using base

  • get to the point without wasting time


    Let's cut to the chase and talk about what really matters.

  • to stop talking about irrelevant things and focus on what is important


    We need to get off base and start discussing the main issue at hand.

  • to take all necessary precautions or measures to ensure success


    We need to cover all the bases before launching this new product.

Phrases with base

  • the place where someone or something is based or originates


    New York City is considered the home base of many famous musicians.

  • to make contact with someone or to briefly meet with them to discuss something


    I'll touch base with you next week to see how the project is progressing.

  • to make initial progress in a romantic or sexual encounter


    He finally got to first base with his crush after weeks of flirting.

Origins of base

from Old French 'bas', from Latin 'basis', meaning 'foundation'


Summary: base in Brief

The term 'base' [beɪs] refers to the lowest part or edge of something, as well as a fundamental principle or groundwork. It can also describe something that is morally low or dishonorable. Examples include 'The vase fell off the table and broke at its base,' and 'His actions were morally base and unacceptable.' Phrases like 'home base' and idioms like 'cut to the chase' are also common.

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