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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (vital)
a. esencial
The right tools are essential to do this job.Para hacer este trabajo es esencial tener las herramientas apropiadas.
b. imprescindible
In any relationship, it's essential that you be willing to listen to the other person.En cualquier relación, es imprescindible que uno esté dispuesto a escuchar a la otra persona.
2. (basic)
a. fundamental
That is the essential characteristic that differentiates him from other players.Esa es la característica fundamental que lo distingue de otros jugadores.
b. esencial
Honesty is one of the essential characteristics of our company culture.La honestidad es una de las características esenciales de la cultura de la empresa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (necessary thing)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Fluent Spanish is an essential in this position.Para este trabajo es imprescindible dominar el español.
I just popped out to buy a few essentials.Salí un momento a comprar algunas cosas esenciales.
essentials
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (basic features)
a. los puntos básicos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He taught me the essentials of computer programming.Él me enseñó los puntos básicos de la programación.
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essential
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
essentialsproductos mpl primarios or de primera necesidad
just pack a few essentialsguarda sólo lo imprescindible
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (basic)
a. esencial, básico(a)
essential oilaceite esencial
3. (indispensable)
a. esencial, fundamental
it is essential that …es fundamental que…
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essential [ɪˈsenʃəl]
adjective
1 (necessary) esencial; imprescindible
it is essential that es esencial que; es imprescindible que; it is essential to es esencial or imprescindible
es imprescindible $
it is absolutely essential to remain calm es absolutamente esencial or es imprescindible mantener la calma; in this job accuracy is essential para este trabajo la exactitud es esencial or imprescindible or es un imperativo
it's not essential
a list of essential reading una lista de lecturas esenciales
essential services servicios (m) básicos
2 (fundamental) [+quality, fact, difference, element] fundamental; esencial
play is an essential part of a child's development el juego es una parte fundamental or esencial en el desarrollo del niño; man's essential goodness la bondad esencial or fundamental del ser humano
noun
1 (necessary thing)
in my job a car is an essential en mi trabajo, un coche es una necesidad; the essentials of everyday life las necesidades básicas de la vida diaria
for these people, a luxury item has suddenly become an essential
we have all the essentials tenemos todo lo necesario; we picked up a few essentials for the trip tomamos algunas cosas esenciales para el viaje
the flat contained the [basic] essentials for bachelor life
accuracy is one of the essentials la exactitud es uno de los elementos esenciales or fundamentales; we can only take the bare essentials with us solo podemos llevarnos lo imprescindible
2 essentials (fundamentals)
the essentials of German grammar los rudimentos de la gramática alemana; in all essentials fundamentalmente
modifier
essential oil (n) aceite (m) esencial
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Phrases with "essential"
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it is essential that
es esencial que
essential oil
el aceite esencial
it is essential
es esencial
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