part of speech: adjective

definition 1: of, forming, or at the basis; main.

  • The basic idea of bowling is to knock over as many pins as you can.

synonyms: fundamental

definition 2: necessary to know first, as a foundation; fundamental.

  • We learn the basic math skills of addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and division.

synonyms: essential, fundamental

antonyms: secondary


part of speech: noun

definition: (often plural) the basic knowledge or skills required to do something.
He doesn’t even know the basics of cooking.

synonyms: fundamentals

derivation: basically (adv.)