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essence

noun
 
 
/ˈesəns/
BASIC QUALITY [U, no plural] the basic or most important idea or quality of something: The essence of his argument is that we should not eat meat.Conditions and characteristicsImportant and essential thingsInformation and messages
LIQUID [C, U] a strong liquid, usually made from a plant or flower, that is used to add a flavour or smell to something: vanilla essenceToiletry and perfumesAdditives in food and drinks
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