essence noun

1 basic/most important quality of sth

ADJ. real, true, very

VERB + ESSENCE capture, convey, embody, encapsulate, represent His paintings embody the very essence of the immediate post-war years.

PREP. in ~ His theory was not new in essence.

2 concentrated substance

ADJ. almond, vanilla, etc.

QUANT. dash, drop Add a few drops of vanilla essence.

VERB + ESSENCE add, use