basic

adjective
ba·​sic | \ ˈbā-sik also -zik How to pronounce basic (audio) \

Definition of basic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of, relating to, or forming the base or essence : fundamental basic truths
b : concerned with fundamental scientific principles : not applied basic research
2 : constituting or serving as the basis or starting point a basic set of tools
3a : of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a chemical base
b : having an alkaline reaction
4 : containing relatively little silica basic rocks
5 : relating to, made by, used in, or being a process of making steel done in a furnace lined with basic material and under basic slag

basic

noun (1)

Definition of basic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something that is basic : fundamental get back to basics

BASIC

noun (2)
BA·​SIC | \ ˈbā-sik How to pronounce BASIC (audio) \

Definition of BASIC (Entry 3 of 3)

computers : a simplified high-level language for programming a computer The program was written in BASIC.

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Other Words from basic

Adjective

basicity \ bā-​ˈsi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce basicity (audio) \ noun

Examples of basic in a Sentence

Adjective In this class, you will learn the basic principles of chemistry. At its most basic level, the book is about a father's relationship with his children. The basic difference between the two companies is their size. rights that are basic to all human beings basic reading, writing, and mathematics She lacks even the most basic skills necessary for the job. That's just the basic salary without overtime or tips. The motel is comfortable but pretty basic: you get the necessities all right, but no luxuries. Noun (1) He's teaching me the basics of Japanese cooking. He starts basic in two months. Noun (2) The program is written in BASIC.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The misspelling of Zelensky betrays a casual disregard for even the most basic facts of the matter. Wired, "How the Photographer Got That Iconic Shot of Trump's Notes," 20 Nov. 2019 But the most basic facts are these: Kellee was made uncomfortable by Dan’s intrusive physical touching within week 1 of the game. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Survivor controversy exemplifies how the show reflects society — for better or worse: Opinion," 14 Nov. 2019 Emma Vickers The company has begun by hiring those who can speak English, supporting those employees whose level is basic, but passable, with extra tuition for language classes. Emma Vickers, Quartz Africa, "The small African kingdom that’s perfect for growing cannabis, but maybe not for regulating it," 9 Nov. 2019 Few of them dispute the basic facts of the genocide. The Economist, "How genocide denial warps Turkish politics," 7 Nov. 2019 The Simple Lodge and Hostel (from $24 for a bunk) has is very basic, but is right in the heart of downtown. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "How to Ski in Colorado for Less than $150," 7 Nov. 2019 Well, first of all, let’s start with just the basic facts. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "Nobody Really Goes to Peter Luger for the Food Anyway," 6 Nov. 2019 There are now, over the course of the inquiry, 13 witnesses who have been deposed by lawmakers, and some basic facts about the inquiry have now been corroborated by some of the witnesses. CBS News, "What happened in the impeachment inquiry this week?," 1 Nov. 2019 Beyond some basic facts about its composition, there have been more than two centuries of endless speculation about his Requiem. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Columbia Pro Cantare lifts voices to heaven for Mozart Requiem," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film’s advertising has obscured almost every detail of the plot besides the absolute basics, a difficult achievement today. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Knives Out Is No Ordinary Murder Mystery," 27 Nov. 2019 In addition to the basics, such as doing a pelvic exam, listening to your heart, and checking your blood pressure, your doctor should be on the lookout for other conditions. Louise Sloan, Health.com, "3 Types of Doctors Who Can Treat Your Low Sex Drive," 17 Nov. 2019 The all-neutral collection includes the basics every beauty-lover should have in their makeup bag: luminous powder, makeup brushes, and three different types of highlighter. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jaclyn Hill Announces Her First Product Launch After Being "Cancelled" Over Hairy Lipsticks," 15 Nov. 2019 Long before online learning and YouTube tutorials, this college kid coded rudimentary web pages using Notepad.exe and taught you the basics: chords, techniques, and even a fair bit of music theory. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 First, the basics: Seats one through three: Three incumbents and three newcomers are running. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Election 2019: Who is running for Cincinnati school board and where do they stand on issues?," 29 Oct. 2019 The Microsoft Excel 2019: Beginner Course is geared toward such users, starting with the very basics, like how to create a workbook. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Learn to make the most of Microsoft Excel and VBA in this $29.99 bundle," 17 Oct. 2019 While the vibe around the franchise is positive, Beilein has gone back to the basics, trying to instill a culture, with specific principles that will last beyond his time in Cleveland. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Brad Stevens on Cavaliers coach John Beilein: ‘He will do a great job in Cleveland, will be a lot quicker than I was’," 14 Oct. 2019 With LeSet, a new label of basics, Lili Chemla set out to provide us all with a few answers. Vogue, "Not Into Athleisure? LeSet’s Ultra-Soft Matching Sets Are the Elegant (and Affordable) Alternative," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of basic

Adjective

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basic

Adjective

base entry 1 + -ic entry 1

Noun (2)

Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

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The first known use of basic was in 1842

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Last Updated

30 Nov 2019

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“Basic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basicity?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=basic002. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for basic

basic

adjective
How to pronounce BASIC (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of basic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: forming or relating to the most important part of something
: forming or relating to the first or easiest part of something
: not including anything extra

basic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of basic (Entry 2 of 3)

: the simplest and most important parts of something (such as a subject of study)

BASIC

noun
How to pronounce BASIC (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of BASIC (Entry 3 of 3)

computers : a simple language used for programming computers

basic

adjective
ba·​sic | \ ˈbā-sik How to pronounce basic (audio) \

Kids Definition of basic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or forming the basis or most important part of something the basic principles of science a basic set of tools
2 : relating to or characteristic of a chemical base a basic compound

Other Words from basic

basically \ -​si-​kə-​lē \ adverb

basic

noun

Kids Definition of basic (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is one of the simplest and most important parts of something the basics of farming

basic

adjective
ba·​sic | \ ˈbā-sik also -zik \

Medical Definition of basic

1 : of, relating to, or forming the base or essence
2a : of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a base
b : having an alkaline reaction

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