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noun [plural] basics pronunciation in British English /ˈbeɪsɪks/
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    the basics

    the most important aspects or principles of something that you should learn, think about, or deal with first

    Let's start with the basics – you've got a good job and a nice home.

    basics of:

    The basics of the game can be learned very quickly.

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    simple necessary things

    Shopping for basics like bread and vegetables takes all their money.

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