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The ability to switch between providers is essential and must be based on clear standards. Computing (2010)Many early users limited their cloud initiatives to dull but essential tasks such as email filtering and archiving. Computing (2010)In such situations, life is reduced to its bare essentials. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's one of those quietly essential life forms. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The rest consider it essential or at least desirable, and rightly so. Times, Sunday Times (2016)When you digest a protein, essential amino acids are absorbed. Times, Sunday Times (2017)It is, for a short time at least, a return to a more essential way of life. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Many of life 's essentials and luxuries are restricted in jail, but only rarely has a prison had to ban sugar and fruit. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Certain mineral elements are essential for life. The A-Z of Beauty Treatment (1994)But the essential task is the scrum. Times, Sunday Times (2012)What you consider to be essentials may be deemed excessive expenditure by lenders. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The elephants come to the clearing in their dozens to swallow mineral salts essential to their diet. Times, Sunday Times (2010)These are called the essential amino acids. Technology Basic Facts (1990)What would you throw together from a fridge with only bare essentials in it? Times, Sunday Times (2014)So it is not the whole answer but it is essential we do something fast. The Sun (2009)Whole spices benefit from an initial warming to help release their essential oils. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Writing a business plan is an essential exercise for aspiring entrepreneurs. Times, Sunday Times (2012)School libraries are essential and they must be well stocked to encourage intelligent browsing. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Both oxygen and glucose are essential for life and health. The Antioxidant Health Plan (1994)What are the essentials for a considered life and what may be discarded? TUNNEL VISIONS: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher (2001)Now dry shampoo is making its return as a beauty kit essential. Times, Sunday Times (2008)These acts offer what could become essential forms of resistance in a culture of increasing isolation. Christianity Today (2000)Essentials checks the basics and is suitable for the more knowledgeable buyer of cars under ten years old. The Sun (2008)Around half of those who use night buses are poorly paid workers who do essential but menial tasks. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Sport and activity are equally essential. Times, Sunday Times (2012)At full strength this pack has it in them to be as effective as any team in world rugby at the essential contact situation. Times, Sunday Times (2015)What the meal does provide are foods containing valuable vitamins and essential fats -- important for emotional and mental health. PCOS DIET BOOK: How you can use the nutritional approach to deal with polycystic ovary syndrome (2002)
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Translations for 'essential'
British English: essential /ɪˈsɛnʃəl/ ADJECTIVE
Something that is essential is absolutely necessary.
It is essential that you take my advice.
- American English: essential
- Arabic: ضَرُورِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: essencial
- Chinese: 必要的
- Croatian: ključno
- Czech: nezbytný
- Danish: essentiel
- Dutch: essentieel
- European Spanish: esencial
- Finnish: välttämätön
- French: essentiel
- German: wesentlich
- Greek: ουσιαστικός
- Italian: essenziale
- Japanese: 最も重要な
- Korean: 근본적인
- Norwegian: vesentlig
- Polish: zasadniczy
- European Portuguese: essencial
- Romanian: esențial
- Russian: существенный
- Spanish: esencial
- Swedish: väsentlig
- Thai: ซึ่งสำคัญ
- Turkish: zorunlu
- Ukrainian: істотний
- Vietnamese: thiết yếu
British English: essential NOUN
The essentials are the things that are absolutely necessary for the situation you are in or for the task you are doing.
The flat contained the basic essentials for bachelor life.
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