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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Recent Examples on the Web Ford has basically just been dangling its new Bronco in front of our face for some time now. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Hey Ford, Just Show Us the Bronco Already," 7 Feb. 2020 Network planning is basically about which sectors an airline will fly in, and at what frequency. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "At India’s largest airline, the most crucial skill is not one that’s taught at IIMs," 6 Feb. 2020 This means the bottom 50% has basically nothing invested in financial assets outside of a primary residence but holds around 40% of the total debt load. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "The rich own stocks, the middle class own homes. How betting it all on real estate is a wealth gap problem," 5 Feb. 2020 So basically the 49ers should be able to jump out to an early lead and utilize the run game to hold that lead. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "2020 Super Bowl Prop Bets: First-half money line bets," 2 Feb. 2020 One was getting my head around this principle of determinism, which basically says that everything that happens in the world is based on cause and effect... Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A young computer engineer tries to solve a mystery in first teaser for Devs," 9 Jan. 2020 Soviet Marxism-Leninism was dedicated to the idea that an economy could be planned, and Russian industrialisation of a basically agrarian state seemed to many socialists in the West to bear the idea out. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Gin, which is basically juniper-flavored vodka, allows Lavelle to explore flavors. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's only distillery is owned by two women. A former brewery owner is head distiller.," 23 Jan. 2020 The executive changes come at a time when the book industry is basically flat. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Reagan Arthur to Succeed the Late Sonny Mehta as Knopf Editorial Head," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Basically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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