Definition of basically in English:

basically

Line breaks: ba¦sic|ally
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪsɪk(ə)li
 
/

adverb

[often as submodifier]
1In the most essential respects; fundamentally: we started from a basically simple idea
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [sentence 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of basically in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day hubris
Pronunciation: ˈhjuːbrɪs
noun
excessive pride or self-confidence