basics


basics
[[t]be͟ɪsɪks[/t]]
1) N-PLURAL: usu the N, oft N of n The basics of something are its simplest, most important elements, ideas, or principles, in contrast to more complicated or detailed ones.

They will concentrate on teaching the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic...

A strong community cannot be built until the basics are in place...

Let's get down to basics and stop horsing around.

Syn:
2) N-PLURAL Basics are things such as simple foods, clothes, or equipment that people need in order to live or to deal with a particular situation.

...supplies of basics such as bread and milk...

We try to produce items that are the basics of a stylish wardrobe.

Syn:
essentials
3) PHRASE: usu PHR after v, PHR n If you talk about getting back to basics, you are suggesting that people have become too concerned with complicated details or new theories, and that they should concentrate on simple, important ideas or activities.

Nurtured carefully, the business can once again get back to basics.

...a new `back-to-basics' drive to raise standards of literacy in Britain's schools.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • basics — (n.) rudiments or fundamentals of anything, by 1934, from BASIC (Cf. basic). Also see ICS (Cf. ics). Phrase back to basics was in use by 1975 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • basics — UK [ˈbeɪsɪks] / US noun [plural] 1) the basics the most important aspects or principles of something that you should learn, think about, or deal with first Let s start with the basics – you ve got a good job and a nice home. basics of: The basics …   English dictionary

  • Basics — Ba|sics 〈[ bɛısıks] Pl.; umg.〉 1. wichtige Bestandteile der menschlichen Grundversorgung, z. B. Nahrung, Wohnung usw. 2. Grundlagen eines Fach , Wissensgebietes, Hobbys 3. gut kombinierbare Einzelteile als Grundausstattung an Kleidung ● ein… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • basics — noun (plural) the most important and necessary facts about something, from which other possibilities and ideas may develop: Once you know the basics, you can start experimenting with different methods. | the basics of: I learned the basics of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English