Meaning of Basic English

Ba'sic Eng'lish

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a simplified form of English restricted to an 850-word vocabulary and a few rules of grammar, intended esp. as an international auxiliary language and for use in teaching English as a foreign language: devised by Charles Kay Ogden.
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