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