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’
    • ‘Underlying this issue is the balance to be struck between two important interests.’
    • ‘You get the sense that the spaces between her words are just as important as the words themselves.’
    • ‘No one group has a monopoly on useful perspectives so an effective mix of views is important.’
    • ‘Have you ever had something important to say only to find that you can't find the right words?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was made to feel an important part of the team, even though I was just tapping a computer.’
    • ‘It's important to exercise at least three times a week to avoid problems with the heart.’
    • ‘Glass is not the only transparent material, but it may have been the most important.’
    • ‘These things are obviously important to us all and we turn our back on the consequences at our peril.’
    • ‘It is important to avoid any further exposure to the sun until the burns have healed.’
    • ‘It's hard to know where to start explaining how important and useful this book is.’
    • ‘To me the writing is more important than wondering whether anyone is actually reading.’
    • ‘Perhaps what is more important is the effect that any change in interest rates might have.’
    • ‘This is a timely, important book which points at matters which are relevant to us all now.’
    • ‘They recognize that the national interest is an important value in world politics.’
    • ‘As we look into these issues it is important that we never lose sight of our basic values.’
    • ‘I keep in the forefront of my mind the very important public interest in freedom of the press.’
    • ‘Frankly, we think there are a lot more important and interesting things to argue about.’
    • ‘It was an important game for me just to show that I could play in a bigger team.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only time it was ever used was when my father had important people dining with him for business.’
      • ‘The traffic will part like the Red Sea to let them through because they're so important?’
      • ‘For my family are the most important people in my life. They are what I live and work for.’
      • ‘After all, in economic terms at least, a movie star is the most important person on the set.’
      • ‘You really can't have an important person slacking off like that in a time of crisis.’
      • ‘Luke is the oldest and the least important employee of a dismal company that imports cloth.’
      • ‘So we asked our own oracle to look at the year ahead for some of the most important people in Irish business.’
      • ‘Pupils met the most important citizen in the district when he paid a visit to their school.’
      • ‘Her people admired her and she continued to be an important figure in her homeland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As one of his closest companions, Anne became an important member of the new regime.’
      • ‘He was hosting a dinner at his home in Garon for several important figures in Azareal.’
      • ‘I know how to behave in front of important people and how to behave in everyday life.’
      • ‘Since then, he has fought his way back into credit and is now an important member of staff.’
      • ‘Each anecdote seems designed to remind us we are in the presence of a clever and important man.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that a very important person passed through my life this weekend.’
      • ‘I don't know too much about him, but he seemed like an important man and a good bloke.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a fine addition to a growing body of work by one of Lakeland's most important authors.’
      • ‘Some of his most important work was carried out while he held this post in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘Even if you were a big fan, would you actually vote him as the most important man in pop history?’
      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/