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essencenoun

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. Yet change is the very essence of life.
in essence C2 formal
relating to the most important characteristics or ideas of something: In essence, both sides agree on the issue.
be of the essence formal
to be the most important thing: In any of these discussions, of course, honesty is of the essence. Time is of the essence.

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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 essence of violets
(Definition of essence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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essencenoun

us   /ˈes·əns/
  • essence noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] the basic meaning or importance of something: The essence of punk was a revolt against both the sound and the system of popular music.
in essence
In essence means that what follows is a brief statement of the basic meaning of something: In essence, she’s saying that she may quit her job.
  • essence noun (SMELL/TASTE)

[C] a chemical substance obtained from plants that has a strong smell or taste and can be used to flavor foods or provide a pleasant smell, such as in perfumes
(Definition of essence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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