Definition of important in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈpôrtnt/


1Of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being: important habitats for wildlife it is important to avoid monosyllabic answers [sentence adverb]: the speech had passion and, more important, compassion
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  • They recognize that the national interest is an important value in world politics.
  • From this point of view, it is also very important to practice compassion and patience.
  • It is important to avoid any further exposure to the sun until the burns have healed.
main, chief, principal, key, major, salient, prime, foremost, paramount, overriding, crucial, vital, critical, essential, significant;
central, fundamental
informal number-one
of value, valuable, (highly) prized, beneficial, necessary, essential, indispensable, vital;
of concern, of interest, relevant, pertinent
1.1(Of a person) having high rank or status.
Example sentences
  • So we asked our own oracle to look at the year ahead for some of the most important people in Irish business.
  • After all, in economic terms at least, a movie star is the most important person on the set.
  • For my family are the most important people in my life. They are what I live and work for.
powerful, influential, of influence, well connected, high-ranking, high-powered;
prominent, eminent, preeminent, notable, noteworthy, of note;
distinguished, esteemed, respected, prestigious, celebrated, famous, great
informal affluential, major league
1.2(Of an artist or artistic work) significantly original and influential.
Example sentences
  • It would almost seem that he accomplished his body of important work without effort.
  • Some of his most important work was carried out while he held this post in Heidelberg.
  • It is a fine addition to a growing body of work by one of Lakeland's most important authors.
significant, consequential, momentous, of great import, major;
critical, crucial, vital, pivotal, decisive, urgent, historic;
serious, grave, weighty, material, impactful
formal of great moment


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin important- 'being of consequence', from the verb importare (see import).

  • This comes from Latin importare ‘be of consequence’.

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Syllabification: im·por·tant

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