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English definition of “basically”

basically

adverb
 
 
/ˈbeɪsɪkəli/
MOST IMPORTANTLY B2 in the most important ways: Frazier's films are basically documentaries. The two PCs are basically the same.Important and essential thingsInformation and messages
SIMPLY used to introduce a short explanation about something: Basically, what he's saying is that we need more time.General
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