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1‘the base of the tower’
foundation, bottom, foot, support, prop, stay, stand, pedestal, plinth, rest, bed, substructure
2‘early learning will provide a sound base for what follows’
basis, bedrock, foundation, core, essence, essential, nitty-gritty, basics, starting point, key component, fundamental, heart, backbone, theory, principle, rationale
source, origin, spring, well head, fountainhead, fount
3‘he used the hut as a base for his search’
headquarters, centre, starting point, camp, site, station, settlement, post
4‘add a few drops of the aromatic oil to a vegetable oil base’
medium, vehicle, carrier
1‘the legend is based on fact’
found, build, construct, form, establish, ground, root
use as a basis
emanate from, derive from, spring from, stem from, originate in, have its origin in, can be traced back to
2‘the company was based in London’
locate, station, situate, post, position, place, install, deploy, site, establish, garrison
1‘some of these struggles have been inspired by base motives’
sordid, improper, low, mean, bad, wrong, evil, wicked, iniquitous, immoral, sinful
unscrupulous, unprincipled, unseemly, unsavoury, shoddy, squalid, vile, foul, vulgar, tawdry, cheap, low-minded, debased, degenerate, depraved, corrupt, reprobate, dissolute, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, despicable, discreditable, contemptible, petty, ignominious, ignoble, shameful, wretched, scandalous, infamous, abhorrent, abominable, disgusting
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