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Meaning & Definition of Essential in English

English

Essential

/ɛsɛnʃəl/

noun

1. Anything indispensable

  • "Food and shelter are necessities of life"
  • "The essentials of the good life"
  • "Allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"
  • "A place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
    synonym:
  • necessity
  • ,
  • essential
  • ,
  • requirement
  • ,
  • requisite
  • ,
  • necessary

adjective

1. Absolutely necessary

  • Vitally necessary
  • "Essential tools and materials"
  • "Funds essential to the completion of the project"
  • "An indispensable worker"
    synonym:
  • essential
  • ,
  • indispensable

2. Basic and fundamental

  • "The essential feature"
    synonym:
  • essential

3. Of the greatest importance

  • "The all-important subject of disarmament"
  • "Crucial information"
  • "In chess cool nerves are of the essence"
    synonym:
  • all-important(a)
  • ,
  • all important(p)
  • ,
  • crucial
  • ,
  • essential
  • ,
  • of the essence(p)

4. Being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc

  • "Essential oil"
    synonym:
  • essential

5. Defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

  • "Substantive law"
    synonym:
  • substantive
  • ,
  • essential

Examples of using

Problem-solving and decision-making skills are essential in a managerial position.
Healthy food is essential for a healthy body and a healthy mind, and as a result, promotes maximum efficiency.
Good communication with students is essential for effective teaching.