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
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In other words, Williams singles out and demonizes Tillery for doing what every citizen has a right to do – petition their government to raise issues of civic importance., "Letter to the editor: Attack on former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery nothing short of reprehensible," 1 July 2019 Juve only have Mattia De Sciglio to cover if Cancelo completes his move, making the signing of Pereira of even greater importance., "4 Positions Juventus Must Strengthen to Win the Champions League Next Season," 1 July 2019 The subject matter appeared to be, if their postures were to be trusted, of the utmost importance. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 The upcoming Royal Visit is a reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate and Prince William's Royal Visit to Pakistan Has Been Confirmed," 30 June 2019 Metro’s blueprint for regional transportation projects of big importance in the coming decades already includes reference to replacing the Steel Bridge and a potential tunnel., "Metro will study MAX tunnel underneath downtown Portland and Willamette River," 28 June 2019 Issues of this nature are of the utmost importance to our administration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-teacher at San Diego charter school pleads guilty to lewd act with student," 28 June 2019 The public is not well served by Apple’s inclination against engaging on a subject of such importance. Shira Ovide, Houston Chronicle, "Apple’s silence hurts effort on driverless cars," 28 June 2019 Open-net fish farming on British Columbia’s coast is a threat to marine and terrestrial wildlife and to wild Pacific salmon species of cultural, economic, and environmental importance. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of importance

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

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English Language Learners Definition of importance

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


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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