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basic

adjective ba·sic \ ˈbā-sik also -zik \

Definition of basic

1 a :of, relating to, or forming the base or essence :fundamental
  • basic truths
b :concerned with fundamental scientific principles :not applied
  • basic research
2 :constituting or serving as the basis or starting point
  • a basic set of tools
3 a :of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a chemical base
b :having an alkaline reaction
4 :containing relatively little silica
  • basic rocks
5 :relating to, made by, used in, or being a process of making steel done in a furnace lined with basic material and under basic slag

basicity

play \bā-ˈsi-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of basic in a Sentence

  1. In this class, you will learn the basic principles of chemistry.

  2. At its most basic level, the book is about a father's relationship with his children.

  3. The basic difference between the two companies is their size.

  4. rights that are basic to all human beings

  5. basic reading, writing, and mathematics

  6. She lacks even the most basic skills necessary for the job.

  7. That's just the basic salary without overtime or tips.

  8. The motel is comfortable but pretty basic: you get the necessities all right, but no luxuries.

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Origin and Etymology of basic


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basic

noun

Definition of basic

1 :something that is basic :fundamental
  • get back to basics

Examples of basic in a Sentence

  1. He's teaching me the basics of Japanese cooking.

  2. He starts basic in two months.

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First Known Use of basic

1908


BASIC

noun BA·SIC \ ˈbā-sik \

Definition of BASIC

computers :a simplified high-level language for programming a computer
  • The program was written in BASIC.

Examples of basic in a Sentence

  1. The program is written in BASIC.

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Origin and Etymology of basic

Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

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BASIC Defined for English Language Learners

basic

adjective

Definition of basic for English Language Learners

  • : forming or relating to the most important part of something

  • : forming or relating to the first or easiest part of something

  • : not including anything extra


basic

noun

Definition of basic for English Language Learners

  • basics : the simplest and most important parts of something (such as a subject of study)


BASIC

noun

Definition of BASIC for English Language Learners

  • computers : a simple language used for programming computers


BASIC Defined for Kids

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basic

adjective ba·sic \ ˈbā-sik \

Definition of basic for Students

1 :relating to or forming the basis or most important part of something
  • the basic principles of science
  • a basic set of tools
2 :relating to or characteristic of a chemical base
  • a basic compound

basically

\-si-kə-lē\ adverb

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basic

noun

Definition of basic for Students

:something that is one of the simplest and most important parts of something
  • the basics of farming

Medical Dictionary

basic

adjective ba·sic \ ˈbā-sik also -zik \

medical Definition of basic

1 :of, relating to, or forming the base or essence
2 a :of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a base
b :having an alkaline reaction


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