Definitions for importantɪmˈpɔr tnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•por•tant*ɪmˈpɔr tnt(adj.)

  1. of much or great significance or consequence:

    an important event in world history.

  2. of considerable distinction:

    an important scientist.

  3. self-important.

  4. Obs. importunate.

* Usage: Both moreimportant and moreimportantly occur at the beginning of a sentence in all varieties of Standard English: More important (or More importantly), her record as an administrator is unmatched. Objections are raised against more importantly on the grounds that the phrase more important is an elliptical form of “What is more important,” a construction in which the adverb importantly cannot occur. Nevertheless, more importantly is the more common expression, esp. in speech; it probably developed by analogy with other sentence-modifying adverbs, as fortunately and regrettably.

Origin of important:

1580–90; < ML important-, s. of importāns, prp. of importāre to be of consequence, weigh, L: to carry in, import; see import


Princeton's WordNet

  1. important, of import(adj)

    of great significance or value

    "important people"; "the important questions of the day"

  2. significant, important(adj)

    important in effect or meaning

    "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"

  3. crucial, important(adj)

    of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

    "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"

  4. authoritative, important(adj)

    having authority or ascendancy or influence

    "an important official"; "the captain's authoritative manner"

  5. important(adj)

    having or suggesting a consciousness of high position

    "recited the decree with an important air"; "took long important strides in the direction of his office"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. important(adjective)ɪmˈpɔr tnt

    significant and valuable

    What's important to me is having my family with me.; It's important that you listen carefully now.; It's important to wash your hands before eating.; the most important decision of her life

  2. importantɪmˈpɔr tnt

    powerful or influential

    a very important man


  1. important(Adjective)

    Having relevant and crucial value.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Important(verb)

    full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious

  2. Important(verb)

    carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable content or bearing; significant; weighty

  3. Important(verb)

    bearing on; forcible; driving

  4. Important(verb)

    importunate; pressing; urgent

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'important' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #212

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'important' in Written Corpus Frequency: #338

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'important' in Adjectives Frequency: #12

Translations for important

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(negative unimportant ) having great value, influence or effect

an important book/person/occasion; It is important that you arrive here on time.

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