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Necessary or very important
“It is essential that you work hard if you want to achieve your goals.”
Fundamental, inherent or central in nature
“Is the essential nature of humans to cooperate or to dominate?”
Being in the most pure form
“I don't take coffee, I take tea, my dear. I'm the essential Englishman in New York.”
Being in the basic, or simplest, form
“You will need an essential understanding of programming concepts to work on this task.”
A necessary component
“Exercise is an essential for a healthy body.”
(usually used in plural form "essentials") A fundamental element or characteristic
“Treating our customers with respect is an essential at our company.”
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