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 Genteel service is still of primary importance to London visitors. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 London City Hotels," 8 July 2020 To avoid potentially costly repairs—something no one wants to deal with—keeping your tablets and devices protected is of the utmost importance. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "This popular Apple iPad case is 70% off—but not for long," 7 July 2020 Salazar-Zamora said that as a superintendent, staying under budget is of high importance because these are bond dollars and taxpayers have voted for this. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Two of Tomball ISD’s 2017 bond program projects set to open in August," 4 July 2020 The officials have busy jobs, to be sure, but communicating with the public is of utmost importance, especially when Covid-19 cases are rising and Americans are receiving mixed messages about what to do. Brian Stelter, CNN, "White House hasn't approved requests for TV interviews with Fauci, official says," 3 July 2020 Tellem acknowledged education will be of bigger importance for the Pistons’ initiatives than getting people to register. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons are turning practice facility into voting center for 2020 elections," 1 July 2020 When asked which areas of need were of importance, 96% of respondents identified access to LGBTQ-sensitive health care and mental health care. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana LGBTQ community faces critical health care gaps, study finds," 30 June 2020 Community connection continues to be of utmost importance to myself and all of our associates. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: Inside the reopening of an ultra-luxury resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya," 30 June 2020 With public health systems stretched, healthtech businesses on the continent have assumed roles of increasingly greater importance. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African venture funding is expected to slow but impact investors are boosting health and agri-tech startups," 26 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'importance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Importance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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