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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The sandals are designed with an EVA foam midsole, rubber outsole for traction, and a quick-dry footbed, which makes them the perfect companion for basically any summer activity. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The New Teva x Outdoor Voices Collection Will Make You Actually Want to Wear Pool Shoes," 17 May 2019 James Charles has officially gone the way of... well, basically every single friend Jeffree Star has ever had. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "A Definitive Timeline of James Charles and Jeffree Star's Friendship and Messy Feud," 14 May 2019 Find out how Huawei is basically forcing fans to buy the P30 Pro by crippling the P30. Pcworld Staff, PCWorld, "PCWorld's April Digital Magazine: Meet ConceptD, Acer's new PCs for creators," 10 May 2019 At the end of the school year, basically all of our trash, including some larger pieces of the citrus peel, was still fully intact and the landfill run-off was a murky brown at the bottom of the container. Teen Vogue, "Environmental Science Is Crucial to Combat Climate Change — So Why Isn't It a Mandatory Class?," 29 Apr. 2019 Overrun—basically the amount of air that's beaten into ice cream or frozen custard—is another defining characteristic, and the two are prepared using different methods. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "What's the Difference Between Custard and Ice Cream?," 25 Apr. 2019 The solution became a government purchase card—basically a credit card the Air Force uses to buy things off the shelf, such as hoses and ropes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Disrupting the Pentagon: Can the Air Force Learn To Love Startup Culture?," 12 Apr. 2019 For the ACMs, the band basically replicated their music video. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Little Big Town Caused Controversy With Their Polarizing ACMs Performance," 8 Apr. 2019 Any one of these agreements] precludes class-action lawsuits—basically the rider gives up all rights. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lawyer suing e-scooter companies calls user agreements “draconian”," 23 Oct. 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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one that collects or salvages junk

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