Definition of importance in English:



  • [mass noun] The state or fact of being of great significance or value.

    ‘the importance of a good education’
    ‘an issue of great importance’
    • ‘I want to write. I want to be able to spend a day doing nothing of any real importance.’
    • ‘The best way to silence anybody puffed up with their own importance is to laugh at them.’
    • ‘It is right that if work of this importance is to be carried out, it should be done properly.’
    • ‘How can an organisation of this size and importance be allowed to get away with this?’
    • ‘But her parents always emphasised the importance of higher education to their four children.’
    • ‘A great importance is attached to relaxation techniques that might help a person tensed due to chronic stressful life style.’
    • ‘This is a subject that is very important to some, and has no importance in the mind of others.’
    • ‘Their own passion and commitment to achieve all odds has been of great importance to me.’
    • ‘On the whole it is clear that my field trip was of huge importance for my research.’
    • ‘It is always the case that only in a player's absence do we get a true idea of their importance to the team.’
    • ‘His long dark hair fell loose down his back and his purple robes showed his great importance.’
    • ‘Take one problem and break it down into parts, ranking them in order of importance.’
    • ‘Most buildings of importance were pulverised and much of the city is still a ruin.’
    • ‘The celebration of this festival shows the importance given to tradition in our religion.’
    • ‘The importance of things can be measured by the amount of time we're willing to give them.’
    • ‘Music lost its importance and he even sold some of his guitars to pay for his habit.’
    • ‘Costumes and furniture have as much importance as what is spoken at dinner tables.’
    • ‘The importance of this question has been acknowledged on all sides in the present case.’
    • ‘The issue is of such importance that it should be dealt with at this early stage.’
    • ‘There was no importance placed on the way you look, because that was not the way you were going to get by.’
    power, influence, authority, sway, weight, dominance
    significance, momentousness, import, consequence, note, noteworthiness, substance, value
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Early 16th century: from French, from medieval Latin importantia, from important- being of consequence, from the verb importare (see import).