basic

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

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.

Other Words from basic

Adjective

basicity \ bā-​ˈsi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce BASIC (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 Her salary wasn’t enough to cover her basic needs in Los Angeles, let alone succeed as a breadwinner for her family. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Erin Hogeboom, director of San Diego for Every Child, a nonprofit working to ensure children’s basic needs are met, said a fix is long overdue. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 College counselors and administrators worry that insecurity around basic needs is fueling a decline in community college enrollment, a decade-long trend in Minnesota and across the country that has accelerated during the pandemic. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2022 Despite its emphasis on Communist ideology, the Soviet life experienced by their grandparents was tense, marked by enforced conformity and a daily struggle to satisfy basic consumer needs. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Jan. 2022 The group helped 89 families last year, primarily senior citizens and single moms, with money for rent, gas, electricity and other basic needs. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2022 And as cases soar, tests have become increasingly vital for basic day-to-day needs, including keeping kids in school and employees in the workforce. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 10 Jan. 2022 The program was envisioned to assist households that are struggling to pay their medical expenses or provide basic household needs because of exposure to the coronavirus, Kushner said. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, 4 Jan. 2022 And based off more than 2,400 responses to a survey student leaders sent out to UCSB students Monday morning, concerns are growing over basic needs. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Numi also recently launched a second radical take on another basic with a stain-repellant, sweat-repellant, machine-washable silk line. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 23 Dec. 2021 That's a great basic to start with, thanks to its versatility and relaxed fit. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 14 Aug. 2021 The Row knows that a signature, high-quality basic can elevate an entire outfit—an attitude that Jenner and Michelle have clearly taken to heart. Liana Satenstei, Vogue, 30 June 2021 The selection of modern basics is made for a variety of bodies, bringing the relaxed yet polished aesthetic to so many more women. Erin Parker, Glamour, 22 May 2020 There are almost infinite approaches to keeping a sketchbook journal, but here are some basics. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 29 May 2020 Today China wants to move beyond such basics, says John Riady, whose grandfather, Mochtar, founded Lippo (which derives a fifth of its sales from China). The Economist, 28 May 2020 The interior is full of hard plastics and has a stark, minimalist design that suits the Jimny's back-to-basics nature and the fit and finish are good enough for a car in its price range. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 26 May 2020 Elizabeth Suzann was founded in 2013 by Liz Pape, a designer who was then selling her handmade basics on Etsy. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 21 May 2020

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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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basic

adjective

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

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

: 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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