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adjective uk   us   /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/
B1 simple and not complicated, so able to provide the base or starting point from which something can develop: I really need to get some basic financial advice. He only has a basic command of English (= he only knows the most important and simple words and expressions). The basic (= most important) problem is that they don't talk to each other enough. It's the most basic model (= it only has the most simple features). The crisis has led to price rises in basic foodstuffs, such as meat, cheese, and sugar.basic pay, salary, wage, etc. UK (US usually base pay, salary, wage, etc.) what a person earns before other amounts of money, such as payments for working extra hours, are added: She earns a basic salary of £450K per annum.
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