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’
    • ‘These things are obviously important to us all and we turn our back on the consequences at our peril.’
    • ‘This might sound basic, but remember to make up backup copies of those important files.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frankly, we think there are a lot more important and interesting things to argue about.’
    • ‘It's important to exercise at least three times a week to avoid problems with the heart.’
    • ‘From this point of view, it is also very important to practice compassion and patience.’
    • ‘Have you ever had something important to say only to find that you can't find the right words?’
    • ‘It is important to avoid any further exposure to the sun until the burns have healed.’
    • ‘Perhaps what is more important is the effect that any change in interest rates might have.’
    • ‘No one group has a monopoly on useful perspectives so an effective mix of views is important.’
    • ‘Underlying this issue is the balance to be struck between two important interests.’
    • ‘Glass is not the only transparent material, but it may have been the most important.’
    • ‘I was made to feel an important part of the team, even though I was just tapping a computer.’
    • ‘It's hard to know where to start explaining how important and useful this book is.’
    • ‘You get the sense that the spaces between her words are just as important as the words themselves.’
    • ‘This is a timely, important book which points at matters which are relevant to us all now.’
    • ‘I keep in the forefront of my mind the very important public interest in freedom of the press.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘Luke is the oldest and the least important employee of a dismal company that imports cloth.’
      • ‘I know how to behave in front of important people and how to behave in everyday life.’
      • ‘So we asked our own oracle to look at the year ahead for some of the most important people in Irish business.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pupils met the most important citizen in the district when he paid a visit to their school.’
      • ‘For my family are the most important people in my life. They are what I live and work for.’
      • ‘They also offer trips for the business man who wants to impress an important client.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was hosting a dinner at his home in Garon for several important figures in Azareal.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that a very important person passed through my life this weekend.’
      • ‘Each anecdote seems designed to remind us we are in the presence of a clever and important man.’
      • ‘The most important leader in every large church was a bishop who supervised other clergy.’
      • ‘The traffic will part like the Red Sea to let them through because they're so important?’
      • ‘I don't know too much about him, but he seemed like an important man and a good bloke.’
      • ‘The Bolton mummy was an important person and could have held a role such as a priest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As one of his closest companions, Anne became an important member of the new regime.’
      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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even if you were a big fan, would you actually vote him as the most important man in pop history?’
      • ‘Some of his most important work was carried out while he held this post in Heidelberg.’
      • ‘It is a fine addition to a growing body of work by one of Lakeland's most important authors.’
      • ‘It would almost seem that he accomplished his body of important work without effort.’
      • ‘I thought the film could be a very powerful and important piece if seen by the right people.’
      • ‘I hope we can be remembered as an important band, or people who do their own thing.’
      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//ɪmˈpɔrtnt/