V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. of greatest importance; 2. absolutely necessary and vital; 3. being the most basic and vital element of something
Synonyms: important, vital, necessary, basic
Antonyms: unessential, unimportant, unnecessary
Tips: Related to the word essential, the essence of something is its basic and defining component or characteristic. Essential can also be used as a noun, denoting a basic thing you can't live without.
Garlic is an essential component of this recipe. (necessary, vital)
We packed only the essentials and headed out for our camping trip. (basic necessities) noun
It is essential that I speak to him before he leaves on vacation. (vital, necessary)
The practice of aromatherapy uses essential oils to relax and rejuvenate. (relating to essence, basic)
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