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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your answer is basically correct

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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 To have basically an authoritarian demagogue get elected president. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "A Decade at Obama’s Side: An Interview With Ben Rhodes," 17 June 2018 The fictional demo customer, a young woman named Lily, is an impulsive spender who likes to indulge in social activities and basically has no money saved up. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "What this puppy chatbot says about the friendly future of fintech for consumers," 14 June 2018 The company has basically no market share in the United States, but as a 2017 Forbes article noted, the company’s phones are now popular in many European countries including Finland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Germany, and France. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Bad Is Facebook’s New China Problem?," 6 June 2018 The conservative members of the Supreme Court basically said that states can take away a citizen’s fundamental right to participate in democracy simply by creating arbitrary rules, Bloomberg reports. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Voter Suppression ... Again," 11 June 2018 Oils, in particular, have occlusive properties, which literally create a barrier between skin and the air—anything applied on top of them is basically done in vain. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 2018 The way that that job came about was NBC News basically did a casting call. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became a journalist for the younger generation: 'Stay Tuned' host Savannah Sellers," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of basically

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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