Meaning of “basic” in the English Dictionary

"basic" in British English

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basicadjective

uk /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/ 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.

slang disapproving boring and not unusual or surprising in any way:

All the music they like is so basic.
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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BASICnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/ us /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/

a common language for writing computer programs 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 /ˈbeɪsɪk/ us IT

abbreviation for Beginner's all-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code: a simple language for writing computer programs

(Definition of “BASIC” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)