Meaning of ESSENTIAL in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪsenʃ(ə)l ]

( essentials)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is essential is extremely important or absolutely necessary to a particular subject, situation, or activity.

It was absolutely essential to separate crops from the areas that animals used as pasture...

As they must also sprint over short distances, speed is essential...

Jordan promised to trim the city budget without cutting essential services.

= crucial

ADJ : oft it v-link ADJ to-inf


The essentials are the things that are absolutely necessary for the situation you are in or for the task you are doing.

The flat contained the basic essentials for bachelor life.

N-COUNT : usu pl


The essential aspects of something are its most basic or important aspects.

Most authorities agree that play is an essential part of a child’s development...

In this trial two essential elements must be proven: motive and opportunity.

= fundamental



The essentials are the most important principles, ideas, or facts of a particular subject.

...the essentials of everyday life, such as eating and exercise...


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