Definition Basic

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basic: fundamental, primary, elementary, simple
The job requires a basic knowledge of Excel. You don't need to be an expert, but you need an elementary understanding of it at least.
The living accommodations included in the vacation package were quite basic: just a bed, bathroom and small kitchen.

basically : essentially, fundamentally, principally, mostly

the basics: the essentials, the facts, the principles, the fundamentals
to get down to the basics to get to the point

Pronunciation examples
UK: The hotel room was basic but very comfortable.
US: Basically, I provide support for dogs.


  • "Bruno : Well it's very complicated, but I can try to give you the basics."
  • "These are two basic accounts, and, even if you're not rich, it's useful to have both."
  • "Bruno : Basically, I'm pleased with the job he's doing."
  • "I‘ll show you the basics."
  • "If you don't mind, I'm going to ask you some basic questions about your childhood, and then we'll move on to examine some deeper issues."
  • "The basic philosophy behind the movement is that eating locally has ecological value: The carbon footprint of Kobe beef which has made the trip from Japan to New York has more of an environmental impact than a piece of fresh meat from the local farmer's market."
  • "I'm here to teach you people the basics of a positive work environment whether you like it or not!"
  • "Garth : Well basically, Edward, it's like this."
  • "Jackson Bollocks : Listen Mr Jones, I'm going to give you a basic lesson in materials: a tall figure made from glass would soon break, especially if it were full of liquid."
  • "Basic computer skills necessary."

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