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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Slime is basically just a gooey fidget toy, and its stardom is predicated on people filming themselves playing with it. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Jell-O is finally capitalizing on the Instagram slime trend," 15 Nov. 2018 And all sides of it were weighing in, but you fast-forward 10 years and basically, the question has been answered. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Netflix will get ads, predicts the Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green," 15 Nov. 2018 As tennis players, we are always caught up in the conflict of interest of having to pay our coaches, basically to be in charge of us, while expecting them to perform some kind of authoritarian take on our careers and practice schedules. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 The rest of the trailer is basically a montage of tear-jerking/life-affirming moments. Emily Wang, Glamour, "The Trailer for the This Is Us Creator's New Movie Is Already Making Us Sob," 10 July 2018 On Brach, there’s the notion that regular close-and-late situations will get him back into gear, as the workload and game situations for the Orioles bullpen for basically all of this season hasn’t been ideal for getting into any kind of groove. Jon Meoli,, "It's already July. Where do the Orioles stand on the trade market for their departing stars?," 2 July 2018 Then, after 8 months — basically his entire sophomore year of high school — a judge sent his case to the juvenile justice system. Samantha Melamed,, "Should Philly keep holding kids in its adult jails?," 5 June 2018 The studios basically had to create a completely new public relations machine to deal with that and protect their ability to keep doing business., "The New Season Of You Must Remember This Explores Hollywood’s First Fake News Hoax," 9 July 2018 So the babysitter just basically has Blayke up, and Blayke loves that... Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Adam and Danielle Busby from TLC's 'Outdaughtered' share parenting tips, talk Season 3," 6 July 2018

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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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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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