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essence

noun (IMPORTANCE)    /ˈes.əns/
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 .Conditions and characteristics in essence C2 formal relating to the most important characteristics or ideas of something: In essence, both sides agree on the issue .General 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.Being important and having importance
(Definition of essence noun (IMPORTANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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