essential

essential
I UK [ɪˈsenʃ(ə)l] / US adjective ***
1) completely necessary

In a large organization, good internal communication is essential.

essential for:

Light is absolutely essential for the healthy development of plants.

essential to:

He had acquired the skills essential to his later success in politics.

it is essential (that):

It is essential that all equipment is properly maintained.

it is essential to do something:

If you want to make major changes, it is essential to involve your staff.

essential reading:

Her articles are essential reading for anyone interested in the war.

play an essential role/part in something:

She has always played an essential part in the smooth running of the business.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with essential
▪  characteristic, component, element, feature, ingredient, part, requirement
2) the essential features of something are its most basic and typical features

the essential characteristics of Marxist political thought

The essential difference between us is that I take life seriously.

a) most basic and necessary

essential services such as shops and buses

food, fuel, and other essential supplies

b) used about the substances that your body needs in order to stay healthy

essential vitamins/minerals/nutrients

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See:
fundamental

II UK [ɪˈsenʃ(ə)l] / US noun
Word forms "essential":
singular essential plural essentials
1) [countable, usually plural] something that is needed for life, or needed in a particular situation

food, water, and other essentials

She packed a few essentials and headed for the airport.

the bare/barest essentials:

Millions of people lack even the bare essentials.

2) essentials
[plural] the most basic and important aspects of a subject essential of:

He agreed to teach me the essentials of web page design.


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