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Definition of basics noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1basics (of something) the most important and necessary facts, skills, ideas, etc. from which other things develop the basics of computer programming This line of books for young children covers basics like the alphabet and numbers.
  2. 2the simplest and most important things that people need in a particular situation Some schools lack money for basics like books and pencils.
  3. Idioms
    go/get back to basics
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    to think about the simple or most important ideas within a subject or an activity instead of new ideas or complicated details Managers should get back to basics and examine the kind of products people really want.
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