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

your answer is basically correct
Recent Examples on the Web And the top floors are basically the exorbitantly rich Upper East Side of tomorrow. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 books to read ahead of dystopian times," 21 Mar. 2020 Postponing a primary election, particularly when one candidate has basically sewn up the nomination, seems relatively benign. Mona Charen, National Review, "Preserve Our Election," 20 Mar. 2020 Not all pasta dough can be ravioli dough, but this ravioli dough is great for basically any pasta. Bon Appétit, "92 Cooking Projects to Keep You Busy and Extremely Well Fed," 19 Mar. 2020 The second is basically whatever the Federal Reserve does. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "The basic economic misunderstanding that's screwing up the coronavirus response," 18 Mar. 2020 This basically means there is local transmission of the disease but no community spread. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India updates protocol for whom to quarantine and test for Covid-19, and ropes in private labs," 17 Mar. 2020 Pick an option that's at least 22 momme and made with mulberry silk, which is basically the equivalent of Egyptian cotton. Erin Parker, Glamour, "The 14 Best Silk Pillowcases, According to Glamour Editors," 16 Mar. 2020 According to a Lafayette Daily Advertiser source, Ruiz basically used Louisiana as leverage to go to Mississippi State. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Former Arizona State kicker Brandon Ruiz to transfer to Mississippi State after all," 12 Feb. 2020 But basically, this key was used to remove memories from Duncan’s head stored them out in the cemetery in glass jars. Rachel Paige,, "Who Do All The Keys Do On Locke & Key?," 7 Feb. 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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24 Mar 2020

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“Basically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 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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