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Adjective
Necessary or very important
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“It is essential that you work hard if you want to achieve your goals.”
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Fundamental, inherent or central in nature
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“Is the essential nature of humans to cooperate or to dominate?”
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Being in the most pure form
“I don't take coffee, I take tea, my dear. I'm the essential Englishman in New York.”
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Being in the basic, or simplest, form
“You will need an essential understanding of programming concepts to work on this task.”
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Of or pertaining to a prototype
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Existing in reality or as a matter of fact
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Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition
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Relating to the character of an early stage in the evolutionary or historical development of something
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Being the only one of its kind, typically unique or special in some respect
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Significant in importance or esteem
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Peculiar to a specific individual
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Cut or shortened, especially of a literary work
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Seeking to minimize or reduce to a minimum
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(of knowledge) Characterized by an attention to detail or thoroughness
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Having or being of high quality, especially in a form that is traditional or pure
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Of, relating to, or designating a disease or condition having no known cause
Noun
A necessary component
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“Exercise is an essential for a healthy body.”
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(usually used in plural form "essentials") A fundamental element or characteristic
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“Treating our customers with respect is an essential at our company.”
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An essential or characteristic part of something
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An indispensable factor or influence that gives something its strength and vitality
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A central cohesive source of stability and security
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Something that provides a means of understanding or achieving something
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Stripped down to essential elements
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A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing that serves to identify them
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A foundation or starting point for further work
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A desire for something
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