crucial

adjective
cru·​cial | \ ˈkrü-shəl How to pronounce crucial (audio) \

Definition of crucial

1a : important, significant … what use we make of them will be the crucial question.— Stanley Kubrick Vitamins are crucial for maintaining good health.
b : important or essential as resolving a crisis : decisive She played a crucial role in the negotiations.
c : marked by final determination of a doubtful issue the crucial game of a series
2 archaic : cruciform

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Synonyms for crucial

Synonyms

critical, key, pivotal, vital

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acute, critical, crucial mean of uncertain outcome. acute stresses intensification of conditions leading to a culmination or breaking point. an acute housing shortage critical adds to acute implications of imminent change, of attendant suspense, and of decisiveness in the outcome. the war has entered a critical phase crucial suggests a dividing of the ways and often a test or trial involving the determination of a future course or direction. a crucial vote

Examples of crucial in a Sentence

Vitamins are crucial for maintaining good health. It's crucial that we arrive before 8 o'clock. Teachers are crucial to the success of the school. She played a crucial role in the meeting.
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This layer is also crucial in keeping moisture from escaping. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "This Is How Often You Should Actually Exfoliate Your Face," 22 Feb. 2019 While yes, that is a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, there are more important (and not exactly fun) preparations that come with being a homeowner. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "9 Things You Should Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts," 13 Aug. 2018 Involvement in the community is a crucial part of the company's mission, said Foster, who praised the Bucks for sharing their values. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Important as keeping the contact is to many people, making sure not to dial the number can be equally crucial. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "Phone contacts: Do you delete the deceased?," 9 July 2018 The sun's aging is one crucial element that allowed life on Earth to blossom. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Aren't There More Habitable Planets? Blame Red Dwarfs," 25 Apr. 2019 The answer is crucial because these younger savers are on the hook to pay for more of their retirements than their parents or grandparents. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "For young investors, jumpy market presents first big test," 28 Jan. 2019 In the wake of Trump’s election, showing solidarity and support for populations left most vulnerable by his presidency is crucial in enacting large-scale social change. C Mandler, Seventeen, "Please Stop Wearing Those Pussy Hats To Women's Marches," 18 Jan. 2019 This crucial element was an undercurrent to Van Halen. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "131 Totally Uncensored Minutes with David Lee Roth, From His New Tattoo Skincare Line to the Secret of Van Halen," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of crucial

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for crucial

French, from Latin cruc-, crux cross

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crucial

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English Language Learners Definition of crucial

: extremely important

crucial

adjective
cru·​cial | \ ˈkrü-shəl How to pronounce crucial (audio) \

Kids Definition of crucial

1 : being a final or very important test or decision : decisive a crucial battle
2 : very important : significant Water is a crucial element in our weather.

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