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"basics" in British English

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basicsnoun [plural]

uk   /ˈbeɪ.sɪks/  us   /ˈbeɪ.sɪks/
B2 the simplest and most important facts, ideas, or things connected with something: I really must learn the the basics of first aid. The school can't even afford basics such as books and paper.
back to basics
If you get back to basics, you start to give your attention to the simplest and most important matters after ignoring them for a while: This is all part of a new back-to-basics campaign to raise standards in schools.
(Definition of basics from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"basics" in American English

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basicsplural noun

 us   /ˈbeɪ·sɪks/
the central and most important principles of something: Pablo has promised to teach me the basics of sailing.
(Definition of basics from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"basics" in Business English

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basicsnoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪsɪks/
things that people need to learn, know, or do before they can achieve something: Success is achieved by focusing on the basics - quality, innovation, and customer care.learn/master the basics (of sth) It shouldn't take long to learn the basics of the new software. Building up the organization didn't happen overnight - it took years to get the basics right.
things that people need in order to be able to live comfortably, work effectively, etc.: What proportion of your income do you spend on basics such as food and heating?
get/go back to basics
to spend time and effort doing the simplest but most important things, especially after an unsuccessful period of time spent doing things that are more complicated but less important: We need to get back to basics and start delivering on promises to customers.
(Definition of basics from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “basics”
in Arabic أساسيّات…
in Korean 기본, 기초…
in Portuguese fundamentos básicos, rudimentos…
in Catalan coneixements bàsics…
in Japanese 基本, 基礎…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基础,基本…
in Chinese (Traditional) 基礎,基本…
in Italian le nozioni essenziali…
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“basics” in Business English

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