Meaning of “essentially” in the English Dictionary

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"essentially" in British English

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uk /ɪˈsen.ʃəl.i/ us /ɪˈsen.ʃəl.i/

B2 relating to the most important characteristics or ideas of something:

It's essentially a dictionary but it differs in one or two respects.
What he's saying is essentially true.

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  • The book is essentially an exhortation to religious tolerance.
  • Although she made intermittent movie appearances, she was essentially a stage actress.
  • Alison's story is a reminder of how vulnerable women can be in what is still essentially a man's world.
  • Their new album is essentially a collection of their greatest hits.
  • They argue from time to time like any other couple but their relationship is essentially a happy one.

(Definition of “essentially” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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