basically

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

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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Fans can basically shop Billie's closet, because the collection includes all her favorite streetwear staples: oversized hoodies, graphic T-shirts, and beanies with graphics from the music video. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here's Where You Can Shop Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami Merchandise Now," 4 Apr. 2019 Tea tree oil is one of those mythical products rumored to treat basically everything. Krissy Brady, SELF, "What Tea Tree Oil Can and Can’t Do for Your Skin," 4 Oct. 2018 Besides a totally unexpected young rap artist and the inclusion of John Legend, the Blind Auditions were basically business as usual—for everyone except Adam Levine. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Threaten Not to Vote for Adam Levine’s Team After Last Year’s Drama," 26 Feb. 2019 This culminated last year with his suing CD Projekt for millions of dollars, at which point CD Projekt basically told him to get lost. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The film Groundhog Day gets a VR sequel, Creative Assembly teases a new shooter," 8 Feb. 2019 There’s a good reason infectious disease experts are basically obsessed with this hygiene habit. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 The baby is basically overjoyed in this moment: And as for Kim's weekend, the makeup mogul and reality star stunned in a vintage Thierry Mugler gown which left very little to the imagination. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Daughters, North & Chicago, Look Just Like Her in This Photo," 18 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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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