Translation of "essence" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈes.əns/ us /ˈes.əns/

essence noun (IMPORTANCE)

C2 [ S or U ] the basic or most important idea or quality of something

The essence of his argument was that education should continue throughout life. 他的观点的要旨是教育应该持续终生。
Yet change is the very essence of life. 然而变化恰恰是生活的本质。
in essence C2 formal

relating to the most important characteristics or ideas of something

In essence, both sides agree on the issue. 从本质上说,双方在这个问题上的意见是一致的。
be of the essence formal

to be the most important thing

In any of these discussions, of course, honesty is of the essence. 当然,在探讨任何问题时都必须坦诚。
Time is of the essence. 时间至关重要。

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essence noun (SMELL/TASTE)

[ C or U ] a strong liquid, usually from a plant or flower, that is used to add a flavour or smell to something

vanilla essence 香草香精
essence of violets 紫罗兰香精

(Translation of “essence” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)