Definition of "basic" []

  • Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: "Basic changes in public opinion often occur because of shifts in concerns and priorities” ( Atlantic). (adjective)
  • Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis: a basic course in Russian; a set of basic woodworking tools. (adjective)
  • Chemistry Of or relating to a base. (adjective)
  • Chemistry Containing a base, especially in excess of acid. (adjective)
  • Chemistry Alkaline. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying (adjective)

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  • Elementary or simple (adjective)
  • Excluding additions or extras (adjective)
  • Of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline (adjective)
  • (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radical (adjective)
  • Of, concerned with, or made by a process in which the furnace or converter is made of a basic material, such as magnesium oxide (adjective)
  • (of such igneous rocks as basalt) containing between 52 and 45 per cent silica (adjective)
  • Primary or initial (adjective)
  • A fundamental principle, fact, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "basic" in a sentence
  • "Nathaniel Kleitman gave the name "basic rest activity cycle" to the 90-minute period at night during which we move through the five stages of sleep."
  • "But at the end of the day, if you can't get there for what we term basic services, which is education, health care and corrections, then what option is there?"
  • "It was what she calls her "basic venality" and desire to eat more decadently that led her through a succession of baroque fungus forays and conferences in search of satisfaction."