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Definition of essence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] essence (of something) the most important quality or feature of something, that makes it what it is His paintings capture the essence of France. In essence (= when you consider the most important points), your situation isn't so different from mine.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a liquid taken from a plant, etc. that contains its smell and taste in a very strong form essence of rosewood see also extract
  3. Idioms
    of the essence
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    necessary and very important In this situation time is of the essence (= we must do things as quickly as possible).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: essence

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