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Meaning & Definition of Basic in English

English

Basic

/besɪk/

noun

1. A popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn

  • An acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code
  • No longer in general use
    synonym:
  • BASIC

2. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

    synonym:
  • basic
  • ,
  • staple

adjective

1. Pertaining to or constituting a base or basis

  • "A basic fact"
  • "The basic ingredients"
  • "Basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
    synonym:
  • basic

2. Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

  • "A basic story line"
  • "A canonical syllable pattern"
    synonym:
  • basic
  • ,
  • canonic
  • ,
  • canonical

3. Serving as a base or starting point

  • "A basic course in russian"
  • "Basic training for raw recruits"
  • "A set of basic tools"
  • "An introductory art course"
    synonym:
  • basic
  • ,
  • introductory

4. Of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

    synonym:
  • basic

Examples of using

By second grade, students are expected to have basic reading and writing skills.
It's one of the basic human instincts.
Maybe in a different universe, our basic five senses are useless and we would require different senses altogether.