Definition of importance in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈpôrtns/


The state or fact of being of great significance or value: the importance of democracy the relative importances of the external and internal causes
More example sentences
  • I want to write. I want to be able to spend a day doing nothing of any real importance.
  • There was no importance placed on the way you look, because that was not the way you were going to get by.
  • Most buildings of importance were pulverised and much of the city is still a ruin.


full of one's own importance

Having a very high opinion of oneself; self-important.
Example sentences
  • He accused local Councillors of not having a clue and being full of their own importance.
  • Some were engaging, others pompous, and yet others far too full of their own importance.
  • They don't need some literary twit full of his own importance to tell them ‘You're too common to describe the world for yourself; better let me do it for you.’


Early 16th century: from French, from medieval Latin importantia, from important- 'being of consequence', from the verb importare (see import).

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Syllabification: im·por·tance

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