Definition of essence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈesns//
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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 rose (British English) coffee/vanilla/almond essence see also extract
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin essentia, from esse ‘be’.Extra examples His paintings embody the very essence of the immediate post-war years. His theory was not new in essence. His work misses the essence of what Eastern religion is about. The freedom to pick your leaders is the essence of a democracy. The girl has her own spiritual essence. They distilled the essence of their message into three principles. Time is of the essence. In essence , your situation isn’t so different from mine. Like so many peasant foods, the essence of pasta is its simplicity.Idioms necessary and very important In this situation time is of the essence (= we must do things as quickly as possible).
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