Definition of basically in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbāsik(ə)lē/


[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.
fundamentally, essentially, in essence;
firstly, first of all, first and foremost, primarily;
at heart, at bottom, au fond;
principally, chiefly, above all, most of all, mostly, mainly, on the whole, by and large, substantially;
intrinsically, inherently
informal at the end of the day, when all is said and done
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 tunes every night
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  • 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.

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Syllabification: ba·si·cal·ly

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