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"basic" in British English

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basicadjective

uk   us   /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/
B1 simple and not ​complicated, so ​able to ​provide the ​base or ​startingpoint from which something can ​develop: I really need to get some basic ​financialadvice. 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 ​simplefeatures). The ​crisis has ​led to ​pricerises in basic ​foodstuffs, such as ​meat, ​cheese, and ​sugar.basic pay, salary, wage, etc. UK (US usually base pay, salary, wage, etc.) what a ​personearns before other ​amounts of ​money, such as ​payments for ​workingextrahours, are ​added: She ​earns a basic ​salary of £450K ​perannum.

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BASICnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/
a ​commonlanguage for writing ​computerprograms in that uses ​instructions that are ​similar to ​English
(Definition of basic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"basic" in American English

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basicadjective

 us   /ˈbeɪ·sɪk/
most ​important or ​central to something: In ​physics we ​study basic ​principles of ​force and ​motion. We ​help with basic ​needs like ​food and ​shelter.
basically
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈbeɪ·sɪk·li/
The two ​cars are basically the same.
(Definition of basic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"BASIC" in Business English

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BASICnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪsɪk/ IT
abbreviation for Beginner's all-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code: a simple ​language for writing ​computerprograms
(Definition of BASIC from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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