Definition of significant in English:

significant

adjective

  • 1Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.

    ‘a significant increase in sales’
    • ‘Bernoulli was one of the most significant promoters of the formal methods of higher analysis.’
    • ‘Yet the British music scene has always been an early indicator of significant social and political change.’
    • ‘The nurses want a significant increase in their flat fee for agreeing to be on call.’
    • ‘The appeal raises a point of some general importance and concerns a significant sum.’
    • ‘One of the most significant demographic changes was the decline of infant mortality at the turn of the century.’
    • ‘This could be the only significant side effect possibly related to the product use.’
    • ‘Max's published work, as significant and substantial as it is, is not what we will remember him by.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that this was a serious injury with significant orthopaedic and cosmetic consequences.’
    • ‘At present there seems to be a significant disparity in the statistics that are being reported.’
    • ‘They have achieved international publicity and significant sales in every continent.’
    • ‘A rise in temperature of this kind would have a significant effect on the distribution of vegetation.’
    • ‘It is important to understand just how significant this new idea was.’
    • ‘This has the makings of a very significant case of very considerable legal importance.’
    • ‘Weldon asked the questions that drove Pearson to some of his most significant contributions.’
    • ‘This work was little known about at the time but it has since emerged how significant this work proved to be.’
    • ‘We thought it only fitting that we do something quite significant for humanity.’
    • ‘If the problem is difficult enough, a theorem like this can be a significant achievement.’
    • ‘The next significant study of perfect numbers was made by Nicomachus of Gerasa.’
    • ‘Although he was not a prolific writer, his work had a significant impact and is still of considerable interest.’
    • ‘Rap, jazz and so called world music have seen significant increases in CD sales in the past few years.’
    notable, noteworthy, worthy of attention, remarkable, outstanding, important, of importance, of consequence, consequential
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  • 2Having a particular meaning; indicative of something.

    ‘in times of stress her dreams seemed to her especially significant’
    • ‘In measuring that weakness, his sexual misbehaviour is more symbolic than significant.’
    • ‘Naming newborn children is always a very meaningful and significant issue for a family.’
    • ‘The national flower is the ceibo and the most symbolically significant tree is the ombu.’
    • ‘But symbolically, heading off to cover the conference is hugely significant for me.’
    • ‘The walls are covered with photographs marking significant moments in Wood Group's history.’
    • ‘So how come the most prevalent symbol of this monumentally significant festival is the chocolate egg?’
    • ‘These statements may have been symbolic, but the symbolism was highly significant in the context.’
    • ‘Is it possible that certain expressions of hybridity are more significant than others?’
    • ‘Empires from Rome to Carthage fought over this most significant of nautical prizes.’
    • ‘The data indicate that ethnicity is a significant factor in the development and course of the disease.’
    • ‘It is not intelligence, it is information, and that, I think, is a significant point.’
    • ‘Almost every significant word seems to suggest a corresponding image in sound.’
    • ‘But Gordon Brown had a new and highly significant message for his American audience.’
    • ‘As for adultery, it is significant that Santorum suggests it should be treated as a crime.’
    • ‘Use Mediamancy to derive significant messages from billboards and shop names.’
    • ‘For Fagan, the next few weeks promise to be the most significant of her year.’
    • ‘Ceres is the symbol of authority and it is significant also that she is goddess of the harvest and fecundity.’
    • ‘It is significant that this weighty information is not revealed to the reader.’
    • ‘Most significant of all, we felt, was that so many divers were keen enough to queue up to have their fitness checked.’
    • ‘Yes, but these disappearing acts are significant because they are symbolic of a wider truth.’
    1. 2.1 Suggesting a meaning or message that is not explicitly stated.
      ‘she gave him a significant look’
      • ‘Downstairs, Martha gives Margaretha a significant look, upon which she rises and excuses herself to her guests, who leave.’
      • ‘At all times and in all hours they were in deep consultation and Margarot was observed to say to Campbell, with a significant wink, "keep an eye on the old gentleman", meaning me.’
      meaningful, expressive, eloquent, informative, revealing, indicative, suggestive, symbolic, relevant, pregnant, knowing, telling, pithy, valid, purposeful
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  • 3Statistics
    Relating to or having significance.

    • ‘All of these physiological parameters showed significant differences statistically.’
    • ‘When we found the effect of sex to be statistically significant we regressed the male and female data separately.’
    • ‘The first study fell short of showing a statistically significant benefit.’
    • ‘Just as for the acentrics, group and radiation dose were statistically significant predictors.’
    • ‘We considered a P value of less than 0.05 to be statistical significant in all comparisons.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in significant (sense 2)): from Latin significant- ‘indicating’, from the verb significare (see signify).

Pronunciation

significant

/sɪɡˈnɪfɪk(ə)nt/