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"basics" in British English

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basicsnoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪ.sɪks/
B2 the ​simplest and most ​importantfacts, ​ideas, or things ​connected with something: I really must ​learn the the basics of first ​aid. The ​school can't ​evenafford basics such as ​books and ​paper.back to basics If you get back to basics, you ​start to give ​yourattention to the ​simplest and most ​importantmatters after ​ignoring them for a while: This is all ​part of a new back-to-basics ​campaign to ​raisestandards 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 ​importantprinciples 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 ​customercare.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 ​happenovernight - it took ​years to get the basics ​right.
things that ​people need in ​order to be able to ​live comfortably, ​workeffectively, etc.: What ​proportion of your ​income do you ​spend on basics such as ​food and heating?
get/go back to basics to ​spendtime and ​effort doing the simplest but most important things, especially after an unsuccessful ​period of ​timespent doing things that are more complicated but less important: We need to get back to basics and ​startdelivering 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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