ze·​ro-based ˈzir-(ˌ)ō-ˈbāst How to pronounce zero-based (audio)
variants or zero-base
ˈzir-(ˌ)ō-ˈbās How to pronounce zero-based (audio)
: having each item justified on the basis of cost or need
zero-based budgeting

Examples of zero-based in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is a zero-base budget that would require justification for spending in every government agency. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 One of them is zero-base budgeting, which is something that gets thrown around at the federal level a lot. Dominic Pino, National Review, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zero-based was in 1962

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“Zero-based.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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