ba·​si·​cal·​ly | \ ˈbā-si-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce basically (audio) also -zi- \

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

Examples of basically in a Sentence

your answer is basically correct
Recent Examples on the Web Laura: Because squirrels are basically the same animal but with a fluffy tail, and everyone is really excited about squirrels. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 Sophomore Ashlynn Chlarson was basically a walking double-double for Pima, putting up 10.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game according to MaxPreps. Austin Nicholson, The Arizona Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 As a refresher, NFTs are basically certificates of authenticity that are tracked on a public ledger, giving people a reliable way to prove ownership of one-of-a-kind art, memorabilia and other items. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 No formal plans have been filed with the city yet, but hundreds of new apartments and retail space are basically a given. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 23 Nov. 2021 The new division will basically be an ultra-exclusive wine club, only for high-end Scotch. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2021 But in that whole area were living the Wampanoag people, and the Wampanoag people were basically a series of different tribes. Shannon Rae Green, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 This annual ritual, generally received as a lighthearted break from presidential duties, is basically a chance for the Biden to make dad jokes. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 In the shadow and the angle the light hits the Earth, a process called Rayleigh scattering occurs, which is basically the refraction of light. Rick Green,, 19 Nov. 2021

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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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“Basically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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