Definition of basic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; ˈbeɪsɪk
1 forming the part of something that is most necessary and from which other things developbasic information/facts/ideasthe basic principles of lawbasic to something Drums are basic to African music.2 of the simplest kind or at the simplest levelThe campsite provided only basic facilities.My knowledge of French is pretty basic.3 [only before noun] necessary and important to all peoplebasic human rightsthe cost of basic foods4 (especially British English) (North American English usually base) before anything extra is addedThe basic pay of the average worker has risen by 3 per cent.