Essential - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈsenʃl|  American pronunciation of the word essential
Brit.  |ɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word essential


- anything indispensable(syn: necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite)


- absolutely necessary; vitally necessary(syn: indispensable)
- of the greatest importance (syn: all-important, crucial)


As a fighter pilot, he knows that good vision is essential.

Free speech is an essential right of citizenship.

The essential problem with this plan is that it will cost too much.

There's no essential difference between the two products.

...the essentials for success include a willingness to work and the right attitude...

...this will be just an introduction to the essentials of computer programming...

A good diet is essential for everyone.

It is essential that our pilots are given the best possible training.

It is essential to book in advance.

Window locks are fairly cheap and absolutely essential.

Even in small companies, computers are an essential tool.

The essential difference between Sam and me was the fact that I took life seriously.

The essential point of relay racing is that it is a team effort.

She packed a few essentials.

We only had the bare essentials (=the most necessary things).

Word forms

singular: essential
plural: essentials
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