Definition of essential noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    essential

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    noun
    NAmE//ɪˈsɛnʃl//
     
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  1. 1something that is needed in a particular situation or in order to do a particular thing I only had time to pack the bare essentials (= the most necessary things). The studio had all the essentials like heating and running water.
  2. 2 an important basic fact or piece of knowledge about a subject the essentials of English grammar
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