basically

adverb
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

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Examples of basically in a Sentence

your answer is basically correct
Recent Examples on the Web The Whigs, basically an alliance of Northern business owners and professionals and Southern states-rights proponents, never projected a coherent political philosophy. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Flashback: A crisis of conscience over slavery gave birth to a formidable political force: The Republican Party," 26 Feb. 2021 That Mather basically admitted to manipulating service time solves nothing for the players. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "MLB truth, lies and videotape: A telling week for a budding star and a team president," 26 Feb. 2021 But basically right in the middle of winter temperatures over the past 30 years. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Meteorological winter ends this weekend," 25 Feb. 2021 Traveling to Asturias may be off the table for the time being, but with a tin or two of Güeyu Mar conservas—and a bit of imagination—you’re basically halfway there. Benjamin Kemper, Bon Appétit, "I Thought I Knew Tinned Fish. Then I Tried These Spanish Calamari," 25 Feb. 2021 During the worst part of the pandemic, when the world economy was basically shut down, the world was still consuming 81 million barrels every single day. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "API president says he hopes for a seat at the table in Biden administration," 25 Feb. 2021 The league requires that there be a lead director, a lead principal owner so that there’s basically one voice. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp: Even Pete Rozelle couldn't get me a job in the NFL," 25 Feb. 2021 Relying on this and other testimony from business managers, the trial judge basically threw out the presumption of competitive harm. Hal Singer, Wired, "The Terrible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Must Be Undone," 25 Feb. 2021 That was basically done the same way as Full Moon Fever. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Drummer Phil Jones on His Years With Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Basically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basically. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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