Definition of important in US 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’
    • ‘They recognize that the national interest is an important value in world politics.’
    • ‘To me the writing is more important than wondering whether anyone is actually reading.’
    • ‘No one group has a monopoly on useful perspectives so an effective mix of views is important.’
    • ‘It's important to exercise at least three times a week to avoid problems with the heart.’
    • ‘This might sound basic, but remember to make up backup copies of those important files.’
    • ‘From this point of view, it is also very important to practice compassion and patience.’
    • ‘It is important to avoid any further exposure to the sun until the burns have healed.’
    • ‘I keep in the forefront of my mind the very important public interest in freedom of the press.’
    • ‘These things are obviously important to us all and we turn our back on the consequences at our peril.’
    • ‘Underlying this issue is the balance to be struck between two important interests.’
    • ‘It's hard to know where to start explaining how important and useful this book is.’
    • ‘Frankly, we think there are a lot more important and interesting things to argue about.’
    • ‘You get the sense that the spaces between her words are just as important as the words themselves.’
    • ‘Glass is not the only transparent material, but it may have been the most important.’
    • ‘As we look into these issues it is important that we never lose sight of our basic values.’
    • ‘This is a timely, important book which points at matters which are relevant to us all now.’
    • ‘Have you ever had something important to say only to find that you can't find the right words?’
    • ‘It was an important game for me just to show that I could play in a bigger team.’
    • ‘Perhaps what is more important is the effect that any change in interest rates might have.’
    • ‘I was made to feel an important part of the team, even though I was just tapping a computer.’
    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.
      • ‘After all, in economic terms at least, a movie star is the most important person on the set.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that a very important person passed through my life this weekend.’
      • ‘He was hosting a dinner at his home in Garon for several important figures in Azareal.’
      • ‘Pupils met the most important citizen in the district when he paid a visit to their school.’
      • ‘Each anecdote seems designed to remind us we are in the presence of a clever and important man.’
      • ‘The traffic will part like the Red Sea to let them through because they're so important?’
      • ‘The Bolton mummy was an important person and could have held a role such as a priest.’
      • ‘The most important leader in every large church was a bishop who supervised other clergy.’
      • ‘You really can't have an important person slacking off like that in a time of crisis.’
      • ‘I know how to behave in front of important people and how to behave in everyday life.’
      • ‘I don't know too much about him, but he seemed like an important man and a good bloke.’
      • ‘Her people admired her and she continued to be an important figure in her homeland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They also offer trips for the business man who wants to impress an important client.’
      • ‘So we asked our own oracle to look at the year ahead for some of the most important people in Irish 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.’
      • ‘The only time it was ever used was when my father had important people dining with him for business.’
      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 is a fine addition to a growing body of work by one of Lakeland's most important authors.’
      • ‘From an early stage he was seen to be an important figure in the creation of a truly New Zealand poetry.’
      • ‘Some of his most important work was carried out while he held this post in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘It would almost seem that he accomplished his body of important work without effort.’
      • ‘I hope we can be remembered as an important band, or people who do their own thing.’
      • ‘He was one of the most important figures in the development of the Russian school of dancing.’
      • ‘Even if you were a big fan, would you actually vote him as the most important man in pop history?’
      • ‘I thought the film could be a very powerful and important piece if seen by the right people.’
      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

/ɪmˈpɔrtnt//imˈpôrtnt/