US: /ɛˈsɛnʃəɫ/, /iˈsɛnʃəɫ/
UK: /ɪsˈɛnʃə‍l/

English Vietnamese dictionary

essential /i'senʃəl/
  • tính từ
    • (thuộc) bản chất, (thuộc) thực chất
    • cần thiết, thiết yếu, cốt yếu, chủ yếu
    • (thuộc) tinh chất, tinh
      • essential oil: tinh dầu
  • danh từ
    • yếu tố cần thiết

Advanced English dictionary

adjective, noun
+ adjective
1 ~ (to / for sth)
~ (to do sth)
~ (that ...) completely necessary; extremely important in a particular situation or for a particular activity
Synonym: VITAL
an essential part / ingredient / component of sth + Money is not essential to happiness. + Experience is essential for this job. + essential services such as gas, water and electricity + The museum is closed while essential repairs are being carried out. + It is essential to keep the two groups separate + It is essential you have some experience. + The charity will be taking food and essential supplies to six refugee camps. + This book is essential reading for all nature lovers. + Even in small companies, computers are an essential tool.
2 [only before noun] connected with the most important aspect or basic nature of sb/sth
The essential difference between Sara and me is in our attitude to money. + The essential character of the town has been destroyed by the new road.
+ noun [usually pl.]
1 something that is needed in a particular situation or in order to do a particular thing: I only had time to pack the bare essentials (= the most necessary things). + The studio had all the essentials like heating and running water.
2 an important basic fact or piece of knowledge about a subject: the essentials of English grammar

Thesaurus dictionary

1 indispensable, necessary, requisite, required, important, imperative, vital, material, quintessential:
A strong defence is essential to peace.
2 fundamental, basic, intrinsic, elemental, elementary, principal, primary, key, main, leading, chief:
Yeast or baking powder is an essential ingredient of bread.

Collocation dictionary


appear, be, seem | become
It is becoming almost essential for students to have a second language.
| remain | make sth
Increased competition makes it essential for the business to innovate.
| consider sth, deem sth, regard sth as, see sth as, think sth
Do you consider these textbooks essential for the course?


really | absolutely | almost, virtually | fairly | by no means
Although useful, the accessories are by no means essential.


the skills essential for success
| to
He believed that some form of religion was essential to human life.

Concise English dictionary

+anything indispensable
+absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
+basic and fundamental
+of the greatest importance
+being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc
+defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
+absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed