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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Recent Examples on the Web That’s of little importance to Lazzaro, whose sights are set on taking Franklin to the next level this spring before embarking as the most recent success story in the Panthers’ pipeline., "Matt Lazzaro just the latest in Franklin’s string of Division 1 lacrosse players," 10 May 2021 For this to be successful, The Lancet said accurate and timely data are of utmost importance. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "India could see over 1 million Covid deaths by August due to Modi’s “self-inflicted national catastrophe”," 8 May 2021 Instead of arguing that disincentive effects were of secondary concern in propping up an economy in crisis, many now argue that incentives are of little importance in influencing economic outcomes. Noah Williams, National Review, "Jobs Report Shows Incentives Still Matter," 7 May 2021 Youn also underscores the importance of letting teams chart their own path. Kim Starkey, Forbes, "Managing Through Complexity With Team Of Teams: How One Acre Fund Exemplifies The Future Of Work," 6 May 2021 How many of these virtual veterans will care to return to college for a dose of the real thing is a matter of considerable importance in college administration buildings across the state. oregonlive, "Oregon State University will require COVID-19 vaccinations for on-campus students and employees," 5 May 2021 Therefore, keeping the team united and focused on key priorities was of paramount importance. Fortune, "I led the Biden presidential transition. Its leadership lessons can apply to any organization," 4 May 2021 Few in the government or the legacy media considered health care to be an issue of national importance. Kalpana Jain, STAT, "India’s Covid-19 catastrophe reflects years of neglecting its health system," 4 May 2021 Linda Dakin-Grimm, an immigration lawyer who helped Gilberto file his asylum application, said his story underscores the importance of the legal safeguards Congress established for migrant children. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "How a young migrant won asylum after crossing the border as an unaccompanied child," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of importance

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

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13 May 2021

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“Importance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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