Meaning of basically in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbeɪsɪkli/

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often as submodifier
  • 1In the most essential respects; fundamentally.

    ‘we started from a basically simple idea’
    • ‘Like so many excellent ideas, the school bus scheme is basically simple.’
    • ‘Most complexity in the world is introduced to cover up the fact that life is basically quite simple to sustain.’
    • ‘This is basically very simple, and some of you may noticed that I threatened to say this.’
    • ‘Most times I manage it but sometimes I'll have to avoid a room or an area because I'm basically too afraid to go in.’
    • ‘When the prisoner is brought down from the truck, he is basically motionless.’
    • ‘I've had a few albums bought for me before, but I'm basically illiterate when it comes to popular music.’
    • ‘Note, most of my quotes are not dead on accurate, but are basically correct.’
    • ‘That also means that the approach is basically situational or historical.’
    • ‘We needed that phase of denunciation, but now our analysis is basically complete.’
    fundamentally, primarily, principally, chiefly, essentially, elementally, firstly, predominantly
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    1. 1.1sentence adverb Used to indicate that a statement summarizes the most important aspects, or gives a roughly accurate account, of a more complex situation.
      ‘I basically played the same thing every night’
      • ‘He's just given quite a long statement but is basically reasserting his innocence.’
      • ‘That symbolic statement basically freed him from all the pain he was in.’
      • ‘Her eyes snapped up, basically indicating that she was indeed jealous.’
      • ‘This is growing in complexity, but basically you take your basic state pension and add it to any other income.’
      • ‘We'll only have ourselves to blame when the thieves empty our accounts and max out our credit cards, basically.’
      • ‘It was basically names, addresses, credit card details, account numbers and so on.’
      • ‘I think we made the best out of this whole situation, the whole weekend, basically.’
      • ‘They basically have to undergo a complete lifestyle change which will stick with them for the rest of their lives.’
      • ‘What they are basically saying is that the state must fund rail because there isn't enough road capacity.’
      • ‘It basically turned a potato into a mushy mess that was completely inedible.’
      • ‘This basically triangulates the phone's position within the cell it is currently receiving a signal from.’
      • ‘This is not such a bad idea: it's basically how the PC industry and the web succeeded.’
      • ‘That has seen the numbers soar and we've basically no idea how many are in the city.’
      • ‘There have been numerous improvements to this idea but basically it remains the same.’
      • ‘Look, you sell a whole commerce idea and then basically say it would be better to use your eyes.’
      • ‘I am not in favour of the monarchy in principle but am basically in favour of the monarchy in practice.’
      • ‘To pet your puppy, you basically stroke the bottom screen with your stylus or finger.’
      • ‘He put some tape around one toe and the next one along, as a kind of splint, but basically it's just a waiting game.’
      • ‘A. It is essential because we are basically living in our cars all the time.’
      • ‘We had basically no idea where we were going, we were just with my uncle and my aunt and our cousins.’