im·​por·​tance | \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊn(t)s How to pronounce importance (audio) , especially Southern US and New England -tən(t)s, -dən(t)s \

Definition of importance

1a : the quality or state of being important : consequence
b : an important aspect or bearing : significance
2 obsolete : import, meaning
3 obsolete : importunity
4 obsolete : a weighty matter

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importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

Examples of importance in a Sentence

The teacher lectured the students on the importance of mutual respect. He exaggerated the importance of his role in the rescue mission. The negotiations have taken on added importance in the wake of the bomb attack. a matter of little importance
Recent Examples on the Web One essay explores the concept of the Ikenga spirit and its importance to the Igbo people. Vogue, 23 May 2022 First, is their relative importance the same for us? Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Until very recently, few politicians in Florida would have targeted Disney, given its importance to the state as an employer, a driver of tourism and a contributor to political campaigns. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 As an indication of his importance to Ukraine’s cultural heritage, Skovoroda’s likeness adorns a Ukrainian banknote. Elena Becatoros And Jon Gambrell, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2022 As an indication of his importance to Ukraine’s cultural heritage, Skovoroda’s likeness adorns a Ukrainian banknote. oregonlive, 7 May 2022 In a series of emotional Instagram stories, the actors captured their final moments on the show, and spoke of its importance in their lives. Kelly Wynne,, 6 May 2022 Throughout history, mothers have been the backbone for many of America’s households, and with Girl Mom, Coplon hopes to highlight their importance. Okla Jones, Essence, 6 May 2022 What’s also revealed is her importance to the local economy, not only as an employer but also as a benefactor. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of importance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Importance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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im·​por·​tance | \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊns How to pronounce importance (audio) \

Kids Definition of importance

: the quality or state of being important The discovery is of great importance.

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