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basic

adjective uk   /ˈbeɪ.sɪk/ us  
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. basic 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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