Definition of basics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    basics

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪsɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪsɪks//
     
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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 range 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. Extra examples It’s time our education system got back to basics. The book covers the basics of massage. The important thing is to get the basics right. I need to learn the basics of computer programming. It’s best to stick to basics when planning such a large party.Idioms 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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