basically

adverb
ba·​si·​cal·​ly | \ ˈbā-si-k(ə-)lē 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

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Examples of basically in a Sentence

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The most common signs of this include, well, eyestrain (basically, feeling like your eyes are tired), headaches, blurry vision, and neck and shoulder pain, the AOA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Comfortable If You Work at Computer All Day," 5 Oct. 2018 But in the First World War, the gangrene was the result of, basically, rotting feet. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018 The innovative heels are basically wearable architectural feats, allowing you to incorporate a sense of wonder and drama into your work or party outfits. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 The Triton 900 is more or less a retread of the Dell XPS 12, while the Mothership is basically a gaming version of a Microsoft Surface Pro (the big, chunky, first-generation one). Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bring on the Wacky Convertible Gaming Laptops," 7 Jan. 2019 This is an asset which basically is running the financial system of the country, that has stopped the country from collapse. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Virtual-Cash Treasure in Zimbabwe Sparks Fight Over Billions," 2 Jan. 2019 This is basically a mathematical description for how a viscous fluid folds onto itself like a coiling rope—just like pouring cold maple syrup on pancakes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Green Monday, which is basically the Cyber Monday of December, was started by eBay in 2007. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Move Over, Black Friday—Green Monday Is Here To Help You Save Big On All Your Holiday Shopping," 10 Dec. 2018 Portal is basically just a tablet with a good speaker and a very good camera. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Facebook enters the home assistant market with Portal," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of basically

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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basically

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of basically

: in a general or basic way
used to show that a statement is expressing the most important reason for something
: in a simple way

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