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 model was recognized for her charitable work with the Baby2Baby organization, which works to ensure that the basic needs of children living in poverty are met. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Moved Two of John Legend's Grammys to Make Room for Her New Award," 10 Nov. 2019 Rollers are the most basic style and also require the most technique since the bike isn’t held in place, but rather balanced atop three rollers. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Indoor Trainers for Dedicated Cyclists," 7 Nov. 2019 An entrepreneur, the creator of a nonprofit, a political gadfly, and most famously, an advocate of something called universal basic income, which would give $1,000 a month to every American adult. NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 3, 2019," 3 Nov. 2019 Experts remind us that a pet can fulfill the basic need for a comforting touch. Bea Lewis, sun-sentinel.com, "A home for Fido? Not sure | Opinion," 1 Nov. 2019 Miracles for Kids provided the Hunter Family with monthly aid that helped with the family’s car and rent payments and also provided quarterly deliveries of fresh food, home goods, and other basic needs. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "Philanthropists give $1.8 million for Miracles for Kids’ mission," 1 Nov. 2019 Just getting basic needs met, such as housing, is often difficult after violence. Anne Deprince, The Conversation, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help – research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019 Coziness can happen only after our basic needs have been met. Jacob Baynham, Outside Online, "Making Your Kids Uncomfortable Is a Good Thing," 1 Nov. 2019 Motherhood means giving up a lot of me time, and even the most basic tasks are constantly interrupted by the wants and needs of kids. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Mom's Photo of Eating While Breastfeeding Is Going Viral Because It's So Relatable," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But some old-school basics are being brought back, even reinvented, to grab the attention of a younger, hipper crowd looking for fun — not fussy — accessories. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "5 old-school table accessories get hip for the holidays," 13 Nov. 2019 This doesn’t translate to a team still struggling with such basics as spacing and switching off ball-screens. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Porous defense dooms Warriors against Utah as they lose fourth straight," 11 Nov. 2019 The biggest change will come from professors teaching core curriculum basics and degree plan specific courses, such as English, Algebra, Accounting and Economics, Williamson said. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "San Jac shortens courses from 16 weeks to minimester length at Generation Park campus," 7 Nov. 2019 Elena Mishkanian was able to gather only some basics. Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Denver Post, "2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing," 31 Oct. 2019 Together, Cody and his crew talk about solving problems and show toddlers the basics of coding in fun and unique ways. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Full List of All the Best Apple TV+ Shows and Movies," 30 Oct. 2019 Reference Librarian Sam Lee will answer all these questions and go over smart home basics on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 24 Oct. 2019 Children honked horns, clambered onto engines and learned the ins and outs of driving — at least the basics — during the latest Touch-a-Truck event at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. Daily Pilot, "Children have a truckload of fun during Orange County Market Place event," 12 Oct. 2019 While Bibi was growing up in Philadelphia, a city largely populated with American Muslims, her parents operated a clothing business and her mother taught her the basics of garment making. EW.com, "Project Runway season 18 exclusive first look: Meet the new designers, celebrity guests Leslie Jones, Kiernan Shipka, more," 9 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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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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