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British English: /beɪs/
American English: /beɪs/

Translation of base in French:


  • 1 (gen) (Military) (centre of operations) military/naval base
    base (f) militaire/navale
    to return to base (Military)
    rentrer à sa base
  • 5 (Mathematics) (arithmetic, geometry) in base 2
    en base 2
  • 6 (Sport) to get to first base
    atteindre la première base


  • (contemptible)
    (act, motive, emotion)

transitive verb

  • 1 (take as foundation)
    fonder (calculation, assumption, decision, policy, research, character) (on sur)
    to be based on
    être fondé sur (theory, policy etc)
    the film is based on the novel by Henry James/a true story
    le film est tiré du roman de Henry James/d'une histoire vraie
  • 2 (have as operations centre) (gén au passif) to be based in ou at London/Paris
    (person, company)
    être basé à Londres/Paris
  • also: -based
    (dans composés)
    basé sur
    (method, policy)
    basé sur les ordinateurs/les élèves
    (person, company)
    basé à Londres/Paris
    basé à la maison


to be off base

[informal] (American English)

to catch somebody off base

[informal] (American English)
prendre quelqu'un au dépourvu

to steal a base on somebody

[informal] (American English)
devancer quelqu'un

to touch all the bases

(American English)
penser à tous les détails

to touch base (with somebody)

prendre contact (avec quelqu'un)
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