basically

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1) ADV: ADV with cl/group (emphasis) You use basically for emphasis when you are stating an opinion, or when you are making an important statement about something.

This gun is designed for one purpose - it's basically to kill people...

Basically I think he would be someone who complemented me in terms of character.

2) ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV before v You use basically to show that you are describing a situation in a simple, general way, and that you are not concerned with less important details.

Basically you've got two choices...

It's basically a vegan diet...

Battery charging systems remain basically the same as those in use half a century ago.


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