power base

noun

Definition of power base

: a base of political support

Examples of power base in a Sentence

Both candidates are doing whatever they can to raise money from their power bases. Most of her power base is in the city.
Recent Examples on the Web This elevated hard-liners within his administration, while also leading Mr. Putin to shift his power base to security services. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 If federal employees were further spread around the union, their political power base would expand. WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 Barrett’s breakneck rise, boosted by an alliance of the Scalia-loving Federalist Society and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a power base of the Christian right. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 Why do moderates with years of experience and their own power base back home—Richard Lugar, of Indiana; Susan Collins, of Maine; George Voinovich, of Ohio—keep siding with the more extreme members of their caucus? Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Nevertheless, the Houthis, whose power base lies in the mountains of northern Yemen, formed a coalition of convenience with Saleh to launch their coup. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Why do moderates with years of experience and their own power base back home—Richard Lugar, of Indiana; Susan Collins, of Maine; George Voinovich, of Ohio—keep siding with the more extreme members of their caucus? Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 But they are also meant to provide a rationale and power base for a possible new Trump tilt at the White House in 2024 and to potentially establish a mechanism to steal power. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 The invasion reshaped Iraqi politics, including a shift in the country’s power base from minority Arab Sunnis to majority Shiites, with Kurds gaining their own autonomous region. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2022

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“Power base.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20base. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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power base

noun

English Language Learners Definition of power base

: the area or group of people that provides the main support for a particular political candidate

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