1. essential or fundamental






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an integral part of something

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The adjective 'integral' is used to describe something that is essential, intrinsic or a necessary part of something. "Fats are an integral part of the human diet." "Heating water to the correct temperature is an integral part of making tea." Similar in meaning to 'intrinsic',  'fundamental' or 'inherent'.

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  1. The studio wanted to cut the opening scene of the movie but the director disagreed. He insisted that it was integral to the plot.
  2. Teaching students how to write a CV and prepare for a job interview are integral aspects of the course.

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  1. These new features are an integral part of the new release.
  2. He was assured by his boss that despite his demotion, he was still considered an integral part of the team.

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