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English definition of “essence”

essence

noun [U] (IMPORTANCE)   /ˈes·əns/
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 .
(Definition of essence noun (IMPORTANCE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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