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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This is a book about the power of perspective and the importance of broadening horizons. The Economist, "Love in the time of the Black Death," 31 Aug. 2019 The conference occurs every three years and took on added importance this year in the wake of a U.N. report on biodiversity in May warning that extinction looms for over 1 million species of plants and animals. Washington Post, "Sharks to saiga, nations up support for endangered wildlife," 30 Aug. 2019 The issue’s importance has led opposition leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson to take the rare step of seeking a personal audience with the queen to present their views. Laura Beers, The Conversation, "Why the queen said yes to Boris Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament," 29 Aug. 2019 As the world’s reserve currency, the greenback holds outsize importance in the international economy, often serving as a unit of account when settling trades and playing a critical role in global stock markets. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Why does the Bank of England want a global digital currency?," 29 Aug. 2019 The confidential material in that memo entailed six words ‘‘from a statement by President Trump comparing the relative importance of returning telephone calls from three countries,’’ the inspector general wrote. Matt Zapotosky,, "Comey violated policies in handling memos on interactions with Trump, inspector general finds," 29 Aug. 2019 Most people today are watching these classic films at home rather than in movie theaters, making Filmmaker Mode of particular importance when presenting these films, which have specifications unique to being shot on film, on celluloid. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Hollywood Heavies Unite Against TV ‘Motion-Smoothing’ With ‘Filmmaker Mode’ Setting," 28 Aug. 2019 The importance of appropriate growing media is outlined and there are even recipes. Sally Peterson,, "Garden book review: ’Plant Parenting’ tips to make more of your favorite houseplants, vegetables and flowers," 28 Aug. 2019 The move to transparency from the conference office follows the direction set last month by Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson, who chairs a subcommittee on officiating and has become a key voice on a topic of supreme importance. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Pac-12 makes significant shift to transparency in football officiating (without going too far)," 27 Aug. 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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