Meaning of ESSENTIAL in English

ESSENTIAL

(~s)

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

1.

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

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

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

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

= crucial

ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf

2.

The ~s 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 ~s for bachelor life.

N-COUNT: usu pl

3.

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

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

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

= fundamental

ADJ

4.

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

...the ~s of everyday life, such as eating and exercise...

N-PLURAL

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