Definition of importance in English:

importance

noun

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

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

  • full of one's own importance

    • Having a very high opinion of oneself; self-important.

      ‘the butler was a gentleman full of his own importance’
      • ‘Myres is so full of his own importance he is incapable of making a sincere apology.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Some were engaging, others pompous, and yet others far too full of their own importance.’
      • ‘You seem awfully full of your own importance around girls sometimes.’
      • ‘He is so full of his own importance that he has published a book explaining how heroic, free-thinking people like himself are superior to the conformist masses.’
      • ‘He is someone full of his own importance who wants you to think his time is more precious than yours.’
      • ‘He accused local Councillors of not having a clue and being full of their own importance.’
      • ‘Watching her outside the house, she seems a bit, well, full of her own importance as though everything she says matters, even though, frankly, it doesn't.’
      • ‘All afternoon he's successfully impersonated a man who's not hurried, not ruffled, and not full of his own importance.’
      • ‘She is audaciously arrogant, completely full of her own importance, and tears into everyone around her: ‘If I can't keep the manor, I want it to go to one of us.'’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

importance

/ɪmˈpɔːt(ə)ns/