im·​por·​tance | \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊn(t)s , 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

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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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After thanking the Marvel studio heads and other big names, Boseman reflected on the importance of Black Panther's victories in the awards cycle and the box office, and how its representation of African-American actors impacted the industry. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chadwick Boseman Gives a Powerful Speech Honoring Black Panther's Major SAG Win," 28 Jan. 2019 Emphasis is placed on the importance of taking time, living in the moment, avoiding anxieties, and connecting with the spiritual world. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 There was no such backlash from inside the party when state Republicans proposed any of their far more aggressive plans, illustrating the fundamental asymmetry between the two parties on the importance of democratic values. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 The 2016 presidential election brought the Trump administration to power, and ever since, political focus in the United States has been on the importance of the midterm elections. Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue, "Midterms 2018: First-Time Voters Explain What They Learned This Election," 7 Nov. 2018 By now, most Americans are pretty hip to the importance of saving for retirement. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "How 401(k) investors can profit from strong earnings season on Wall Street," 13 July 2018 Maxim Suchkov, a foreign policy expert with ties to the foreign ministry, told the RBC newspaper that the delegation’s visit aimed to bring the Republican Party into line on the importance of dialogue with Russia, a policy supported by Mr. Trump. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators," 10 July 2018 As the project expands statewide, its importance is expected to grow, too. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 Gigi Hadid has commented on topics like immigration and the importance of voting, but rarely has the model used fashion as a medium for pointed political messaging. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "One Month Before the Parkland Shooting Anniversary, Gigi Hadid Shows Support for March for Our Lives," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of importance

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

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The first known use of importance was in the 15th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of importance

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

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