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based
1. based on.
To base one thing on another is to use the second as the basis for the first, and it is frequently used in the passive, as in arguments based on statistics. Avoid using based on as an unattached conjunction without a clear antecedent (☒The Prime Minister will be judged based on these events: better…will be judged on criteria based on these events, or…will be judged according to these events). Avoid it especially in initial position:

• Based upon the US Democratic Party's new policy, I'd appeal to the world via the UN to assist us in withdrawing troops from Iraq —Independent, 2007.

In recent usage based around has become a common and illogical fudge, and should be avoided: The article is based around a concept which occurred to him as he lay on a Scilly Isles beach in 2000 —news reports, BrE 2003 [OEC].
2. -based.
In the 20c, the participle based is commonly used in combination with a noun, meaning ‘based on…’, as in community-based, land-based, program-based (in computing), research-based, rule-based, science-based, technology-based, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • based — [beɪst] adjective if a company is based somewhere, that is the place where it carries out its business: • The existing business is based in London but the owners may be willing to move. • a Chicago based publisher * * * based UK US /beɪst/… …   Financial and business terms

  • based — [beıst] adj 1.) [not before noun] if you are based somewhere, that is the place where you work or where your main business is ▪ It is a professional service based at our offices in Oxford. London based/New York based etc ▪ a London based firm of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • -based — [bāst] combining form 1. based on; having as its basis [paper based, milk based] 2. based in or at (a specified place); having headquarters in or at [space based weapons, a Cleveland based company] * * * …   Universalium

  • -based — [bāst] combining form 1. based on; having as its basis [paper based, milk based] 2. based in or at (a specified place); having headquarters in or at [space based weapons, a Cleveland based company] …   English World dictionary

  • Based — (b[=a]sd), p. p. & a. 1. Having a base, or having as a base; supported; as, broad based. [1913 Webster] 2. [See {Base}, n., 18 21.] Wearing, or protected by, bases. [Obs.] Based in lawny velvet. E. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • based — [ beıst ] suffix 1. ) used with some names of places to make adjectives meaning happening or working in a particular place: a Chicago based company 2. ) used with some names to make adjectives describing the main substance in a product: pasta and …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • based — based; de·based·ness; sur·based; …   English syllables

  • based on — I adverb bear upon, built on, contingent upon, dependent on, founded on, grounded on, relying on, rested on II index underlying Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • -based — [[t] beɪst[/t]] 1) COMB: COMB in ADJ based combines with nouns referring to places to mean something positioned or existing mainly in the place mentioned, or operating or organized from that place. ...a Washington based organization. ...land… …   English dictionary

  • based — adjective 1. having a base (Freq. 3) firmly based ice • Similar to: ↑supported 2. having a base of operations (often used as a combining form) (Freq. 1) a locally based business an Atlanta based company …   Useful english dictionary