importance

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noun im·por·tance \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊn(t)s , especially Southern US and New England -tən(t)s , -dən(t)s \

Definition of importance

1 a :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

Examples of importance in a Sentence

  1. The teacher lectured the students on the importance of mutual respect.

  2. He exaggerated the importance of his role in the rescue mission.

  3. The negotiations have taken on added importance in the wake of the bomb attack.

  4. a matter of little importance

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First Known Use of importance

15th century

Synonym Discussion of importance

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


IMPORTANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of importance for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being important : value or significance


IMPORTANCE Defined for Kids

importance

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noun im·por·tance \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊns \

Definition of importance for Students

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


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