\ˈbāst \

Definition of based 

: having a specified type of base or basis a soundly based argument I realized that his technique was psychoanalytically based.— Robert Klitzman often used in combination oil-based paintsa fact-based narrative — see also base entry 1

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In the face of such broad-based support, the inability of Congress to get this done is stunning. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Americans Want an Immigration Deal," 10 July 2018 The Keystone Research Center says the federal tax credit coupled with a higher minimum wage is more effective, based on states that have hiked the hourly rate. Lasherica Thornton,, "A boost in the minimum wage in this year's Pa. budget?," 1 June 2018 Those exchanges planted a seed in the minds of the Los Angeles–based friends, who set about formulating a facial range to their personal (and crowd-sourced) specifications. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "This 10-Minute Miracle Mask Was Created for Jet Lag and Tired Skin," 12 Mar. 2018 And Apple can still change iOS 11 a bit based on feedback from users of the beta version. Geoffrey A. Fowler, WSJ, "The iPad Is About to Get More Useful—and Confusing," 5 July 2017 The other two works in this mix were both by George Balanchine, whose internationally renowned Russian-based career includes numerous dances based on the music of his compatriot. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "In Tchaikovsky’s Footsteps," 5 July 2017 Compounding the problem has been the industry’s occasional lack of broad-based support among Republicans in recent years, a situation that became more acute following the GOP sweep in the 2016 election. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech Firms Find Washington Isn’t So Hands-Off Anymore," 15 Sep. 2017 Florida based law enforcement officials had been diverted to other responsibilities, and some were assessing their own homes’ damage as well, the official said. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "About 2,000 immigration detainees still under evacuation from Florida," 15 Sep. 2017 The financial powers behind Kraft Heinz, which include the Brazilian-based 3G Capital private equity firm and investor extraordinaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, can't simply walk away from this deal. Robert Reed,, "Look for Kraft Heinz, Mondelez to take part in next round of takeover battles," 18 July 2017

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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