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adjective basic pronunciation in British English /ˈbeɪsɪk/
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  1. 1
    forming the main or most important part of something, without which it cannot really exist
    Rice is the basic ingredient of the dish.
    We have the basic framework for an agreement.
    basic to: Honesty and trust are basic to a good relationship.
    1. a.
      basic ideas or skills are the ones you must know or learn in order to understand or do something
      Once you’ve mastered the basic principles of using a computer, you can move on.
      basic military training
    2. b.
      used for emphasizing that you are talking about the most important part of a situation
      The basic question is how long can this go on?
      There are two basic choices: make a fuss or do nothing.
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  2. 2
    basic products and services are ones that everyone needs such as food, medicine, and fuel
    Basic foods such as soya beans and rice were being flown into the disaster zone.
    The state provides only basic health care.
    The money they earned did not even cover their most basic needs.
    1. b.
      basic rights are rights that everyone should be allowed to have
      Free speech is a basic human right.
  3. 3
    simple and with no special features
    basic cooking equipment
    The accommodation is rather basic.
    1. a.
      not very advanced, or not very complicated
      My French is pretty basic, but I can get by.


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