ba·​si·​cal·​ly | \ ˈbā-si-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce basically (audio) also -zi- \

Definition of basically

1a : at a basic level : in fundamental disposition or nature basically correct basically, they are simple people
b : for the most part they basically play zone defense
2 : in a basic manner : simply live basically

Examples of basically in a Sentence

your answer is basically correct
Recent Examples on the Web Chronocide is basically the absence of historical memory. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 This bilateral carrier is basically two J-bars combined into one, providing the most convenient way to haul a couple of kayaks at the same time. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 The steady accumulation of all these interactions that Harper has is basically the founding stone of of the film. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 20 May 2022 Even though it's served in a mini pizza box, the creation is basically just a giant, American-style ground beef taco in the shape of a tostada. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 The first came in 2014 when what was basically the only bitcoin exchange in the world, Mt. Gox, imploded following a nearly half-billion-dollar hack. Michael Del Castillo, Forbes, 17 May 2022 All of the Prakti products are basically clean to the Credo standards and are all cruelty-free and vegan. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 17 May 2022 Christina Ricci — who was basically the It Girl of vintage ghoul movies as a kid — stars as Kathleen Harvey, the daughter of ghost therapist Dr. James Harvey. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 But this manicure is anything but simple, because this opulent jewelry is basically nail art. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of basically

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of basically was in 1863

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24 May 2022

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“Basically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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