I think we have a knee-jerk reaction to close questions that look like they're about a word's definition.
Anytime I see such a question, I attempt to look up the word in dictionaries myself. If I can find one quickly, then I post a link to the definition in a comment and vote to close. If I, as an intelligent internet-savvy native-speaker, can't find a suitable definition in a minute or two, then it seems to me that the question is on-topic.
Here's the most recent example: the Tory manifesto saw the PM promise.
I added a note to the upvoted answer on dictionary definitions. I checked six dictionaries, and only one had the appropriate definition. Not only that, but I had to google to figure out what a "Tory manifesto" even was. England's political system bears some resemblance to the US's, so I have some prior knowledge to help me realize that this definition applies. If I were a non-native speaker from a radically different country, then not only finding this definition but realizing that it applied would be like finding a needle in a haystack.
Before voting to close a question because it's "basic", please stop and take a minute to try and determine whether it actually is.