Definition of important in English:

important

adjective

  • 1Of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being.

    ‘important habitats for wildlife’
    ‘it is important to avoid monosyllabic answers’
    [sentence adverb] ‘the speech had passion and, more important, compassion’
    • ‘Perhaps what is more important is the effect that any change in interest rates might have.’
    • ‘They recognize that the national interest is an important value in world politics.’
    • ‘Underlying this issue is the balance to be struck between two important interests.’
    • ‘As we look into these issues it is important that we never lose sight of our basic values.’
    • ‘It's hard to know where to start explaining how important and useful this book is.’
    • ‘Have you ever had something important to say only to find that you can't find the right words?’
    • ‘Glass is not the only transparent material, but it may have been the most important.’
    • ‘It's important to exercise at least three times a week to avoid problems with the heart.’
    • ‘Frankly, we think there are a lot more important and interesting things to argue about.’
    • ‘It is important to avoid any further exposure to the sun until the burns have healed.’
    • ‘No one group has a monopoly on useful perspectives so an effective mix of views is important.’
    • ‘This is a timely, important book which points at matters which are relevant to us all now.’
    • ‘It was an important game for me just to show that I could play in a bigger team.’
    • ‘To me the writing is more important than wondering whether anyone is actually reading.’
    • ‘You get the sense that the spaces between her words are just as important as the words themselves.’
    • ‘I was made to feel an important part of the team, even though I was just tapping a computer.’
    • ‘I keep in the forefront of my mind the very important public interest in freedom of the press.’
    • ‘From this point of view, it is also very important to practice compassion and patience.’
    • ‘This might sound basic, but remember to make up backup copies of those important files.’
    • ‘These things are obviously important to us all and we turn our back on the consequences at our peril.’
    main, chief, principal, key, major, salient, prime, dominant, foremost, supreme, predominant, paramount, overriding, cardinal, crucial, vital, indispensable, critical, essential, significant, urgent
    of value, valuable, valued, useful, of use, beneficial, necessary, essential, indispensable, vital, of the essence
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) having high rank or status.
      • ‘They also offer trips for the business man who wants to impress an important client.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that a very important person passed through my life this weekend.’
      • ‘Pupils met the most important citizen in the district when he paid a visit to their school.’
      • ‘After all, in economic terms at least, a movie star is the most important person on the set.’
      • ‘The traffic will part like the Red Sea to let them through because they're so important?’
      • ‘I know how to behave in front of important people and how to behave in everyday life.’
      • ‘Her people admired her and she continued to be an important figure in her homeland.’
      • ‘The only time it was ever used was when my father had important people dining with him for business.’
      • ‘Luke is the oldest and the least important employee of a dismal company that imports cloth.’
      • ‘For my family are the most important people in my life. They are what I live and work for.’
      • ‘So we asked our own oracle to look at the year ahead for some of the most important people in Irish business.’
      • ‘I don't know too much about him, but he seemed like an important man and a good bloke.’
      • ‘Each anecdote seems designed to remind us we are in the presence of a clever and important man.’
      • ‘As one of his closest companions, Anne became an important member of the new regime.’
      • ‘Since then, he has fought his way back into credit and is now an important member of staff.’
      • ‘The important people have been informed of their duties and the day plan has been set in paper.’
      • ‘You really can't have an important person slacking off like that in a time of crisis.’
      • ‘The most important leader in every large church was a bishop who supervised other clergy.’
      • ‘He was hosting a dinner at his home in Garon for several important figures in Azareal.’
      • ‘The Bolton mummy was an important person and could have held a role such as a priest.’
      powerful, influential, of influence, well-connected, high-ranking, high-level, top-level, controlling, dominant, formidable
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    2. 1.2 (of an artist or artistic work) significantly original and influential.
      • ‘It would almost seem that he accomplished his body of important work without effort.’
      • ‘He was one of the most important figures in the development of the Russian school of dancing.’
      • ‘From an early stage he was seen to be an important figure in the creation of a truly New Zealand poetry.’
      • ‘I thought the film could be a very powerful and important piece if seen by the right people.’
      • ‘Some of his most important work was carried out while he held this post in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘I hope we can be remembered as an important band, or people who do their own thing.’
      • ‘Even if you were a big fan, would you actually vote him as the most important man in pop history?’
      • ‘It is a fine addition to a growing body of work by one of Lakeland's most important authors.’
      significant, consequential, momentous, of great moment, of import, of great import, of great consequence, far-reaching, major
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

important

/imˈpôrtnt/