\ ˈbāst How to pronounce based (audio) \

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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Two family members who attended the meeting and other people familiar with some influential family members said Mr. Elkann continues to enjoy broad-based support among the family and a clear mandate to continue to seek a tie-up. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler’s Elkann Keeps Family Support in Wake of Busted Merger Talks," 20 June 2019 Meduza is known for critical coverage of Putin, making the broad-based support of him in Russia’s media community all the more notable. Washington Post, "The outcry over a journalist’s arrest cuts to the heart of tensions in Putin’s Russia," 10 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of based

1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of based

used to describe the base or basis of something often used in combination

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