(noun, adjective)


1. pertaining to or constituting a base or basis

- a basic fact

- the basic ingredients

- basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities

Similar word(s): basal, base, elemental, elementary, primary, fundamental, rudimentary, underlying, grassroots, radical

2. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

- a basic story line

Similar word(s): standard, canonic, canonical

3. serving as a base or starting point

- a basic course in Russian

- basic training for raw recruits

- a set of basic tools

Similar word(s): first, introductory

4. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

Similar word(s): alkalic, alkaline

Sentences with basic as an adjective:

- Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.

- The Hotel Sparta’s accommodation is purely basic.


1. a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use

Definition categories: communication

2. (usually in the plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

Similar word(s): staple

Definition categories: man–made, commodity, good

Sentences with basic as a noun:

- Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.

- Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.