Definitions for imperativeɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•per•a•tiveɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv(adj.)

  1. absolutely necessary or required:

    It is imperative that we leave.

  2. of the nature of or expressing a command.

  3. of or designating a grammatical mood used in commands, exhortations, etc., as in Listen! Go!

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare indicative (def. 2) 2 , subjunctive (def. 1). 1

  4. (n.)a command; order.

  5. an unavoidable obligation or requirement:

    the imperatives of leadership.

  6. the imperative mood. a verb in this mood.

    Category: Grammar

  7. an obligatory statement, principle, or the like.

Origin of imperative:

1520–30; < LL imperātivus < L imperātus, ptp. of imperāre to impose, command; see emperor


Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperative mood, imperative, jussive mood, imperative form(noun)

    a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior

  2. imperative(adj)

    some duty that is essential and urgent

  3. imperative(adj)

    requiring attention or action

    "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"

  4. imperative(adj)

    relating to verbs in the imperative mood

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imperative(adjective)ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

    extremely important or necessary

    It is imperative that a peaceful solution is found.

  2. imperativeɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

    relating to the imperative

    an imperative sentence

  3. imperative(noun)ɪmˈpɛr ə tɪv

    the form of a verb that indicates an order is being given


  1. imperative(Noun)

    The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive.

    The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.

  2. imperative(Noun)

    A verb in imperative mood.

  3. imperative(Noun)

    An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.

    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

  4. imperative(Adjective)


    It is imperative that you come here right now.

  5. imperative(Adjective)

    Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

  6. Origin: From imperativus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperative(adj)

    expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders

  2. Imperative(adj)

    not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order

  3. Imperative(adj)

    expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood

  4. Imperative(noun)

    the imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood

Translations for imperative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


used of verbs that are expressing a command

In the sentence `Come here!', `come' is an imperative (verb).

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