all-im·​por·​tant ˌȯl-im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt How to pronounce all-important (audio)
: of very great or greatest importance
an all-important question

Examples of all-important in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Retail sales in the U.K. fell again in October, with wallets still squeezed by the high cost of living ahead of the all-important festive season. Joshua Kirby, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 Risk adjustment changes in 2024-26 will also result in more revenue headwinds which could really impair growth, profitability, stock prices, and CEO job security, especially for the plans that miss out on the all-important 5% revenue bonus for achieving 4 Stars. 7. Bob Kocher, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 One of those rules is the all-important happy ending. Olivia Waite, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Whereas in real estate the triple repetition of the word emphasizes the importance of a desirable location, with roses each use of the word connotes separate, distinct and all-important crucial factors. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2023 While still largely an unknown in both the U.S. and the U.K., Adkins’ growing international appeal had helped secure him the all-important status of someone whose name could help get a project financed. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Oct. 2023 The Acne Spot Dots were formulated to be non-drying, which minimizes disrupting the skin barrier during the all-important healing process. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 The release and authentication of such a film would be all-important for believers, proof that aliens are real, and that the government knows it. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 Put them on and that all-important magic occurs when the garment touches the body and both come alive in symbiosis: skin and second skin. E. Alex Jung, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-important was in 1748

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“All-important.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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: of very great importance
an all-important question
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