• Important

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ɪmˈpɔː.tənt/, /ɪmˈpɔː.tn̩t/
    • US IPA: /ɪmˈpɔɹtənt/, /ɪmˈpɔɹʔn̩t/

    Origin

    From Middle French important, from Latin importans

    Full definition of important

    Adjective

    important

    1. Having relevant and crucial value.
      It is very important to give your daughter independence in her life so she learns from experience.
      • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate Chapter Prologue, Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
      • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess Chapter 20, The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen....The second note, the high alarum, not so familiar and always important since it indicates the paramount sin in Man's private calendar, took most of them by surprise although they had been well prepared.
      • 1988, Robert Ferro, Second Son:For this was the most important thing, that when a person felt strongly about an issue in life, it mustn’t be ignored by others; for if it was, everything subsequent to it would turn out badly, even though there should seem to be no direct connection.
      • 2013, Katrina G. Claw, Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm, In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.

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