From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbasicallyba‧sic‧ally /ˈbeɪsɪkli/ ●●●S1 adverb1[sentence adverb] spokenSIMPLE/NOT COMPLICATEDBASIC used to emphasize the most important reason or fact about something, or a simpleexplanation of somethingBasically, I’m just lazy.Well, basically, it’s a matter of filling in a few forms.I used to see him every night, basically.2BASICin the main or most important ways, without considering additionaldetails or differences syn fundamentallyAll cheeses are made in basically the same way.I believe that human beings are basically good.Basically, he hadn’t changed at all.
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basically• William Green was basically a family man.• The film appears to be quite complicated but it's basically a lovestory.• The office was very basicallyequipped.• He made films that were designedbasically for the drive-inmovie, to be glimpsed between clinches.• He knew that basically he had enjoyed the carefulbattle of wits.• You got to know the people. ... I don't think you can do the job basically, in an office.• But he says the company basically is in the same predicament it was 10 years ago.• We only took a few shirts and a pair of jeans. That's basically it, really.• The identity of a man is basically no different from that of any other animal.• People are basicallyselfish, angry and mean.• Well, basically, she's just a lot of fun to work with.• Norwegian and Danish are basically the same.• Basically we're looking for someone who can work three afternoons a week.• Basically, you just have to write what the teachers want.