Definition of important in English:

important

Line breaks: im¦port|ant
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɔːt(ə)nt
 
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adjective

1Of great significance or value: 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.
Synonyms
informal number-one
of value, valuable, valued, useful, of use, beneficial, necessary, essential, indispensable, vital, of the essence;
of concern, of interest, relevant, pertinent, material, germane
1.1(Of a person) having high rank or status: an important senator
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2(Of an artist or artistic work) significantly original and influential: writers as important as Hopkins
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  • 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.
Synonyms
significant, consequential, momentous, of great moment, of import, of great import, of great consequence, far-reaching, major;
serious, grave, substantial, weighty, signal, material

Origin

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

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