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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For young people in high-opportunity metro areas, the route to home ownership is basically blocked without the help of a wealthy family member or some stock options. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Why Housing Policy Feels Like Generational Warfare," 13 June 2019 There are new songs that were basically written for the stage production. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Premier Performance cuts loose with ‘Footloose the Musical’," 13 June 2019 Fireworks are basically big chemistry experiments in the sky. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Fourth of July fireworks, events in Hamilton County," 12 June 2019 For one, this particular landscape is dominated by two plant groups, junipers and artemisias—basically the Central Asian version of the American southwest’s sage brush. Matt Simon, WIRED, "These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals," 12 June 2019 Meryl Streep is basically the reason Big Little Lies needed a second season. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Star Of The Big Little Lies Season 2 Premiere Was Meryl Streep's Scream," 10 June 2019 We were basically left in the dark about how to address the word in our classes no matter who said the word. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Recent incidents remind us the N-word should never be tolerated," 9 June 2019 So, basically, all the nominated casts for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, plus a few others. Nick Romano,, "Beetlejuice, The Cher Show, The Prom, more set to perform at Tony Awards," 6 June 2019 The Hanhoo patches are just one brand of hydrocolloid patches, which are basically small adhesive patches that can help dry out an inflamed area and absorb oil, pus, or other impurities. Chelsey Hamilton,, "Redditor Claims These $2 Blemish Patches Cleared Her Cystic Pimples in Just 4 Hours," 4 June 2019

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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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