- 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, compassionMore example sentences
main, chief, principal, key, major, salient, prime, foremost, paramount, overriding, crucial, vital, critical, essential, significant; central, fundamental• informal number-oneof interest, relevant, pertinent
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person) having high rank or status.More 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.
- 1.2(Of an artist or artistic work) significantly original and influential.More 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.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin important- 'being of consequence', from the verb importare (see import).