important

adjective
im·​por·​tant | \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt How to pronounce important (audio) , especially Southern US and New England -tənt, -dənt\

Definition of important

1 : marked by or indicative of significant worth or consequence : valuable in content or relationship
2 obsolete : importunate, urgent
3 : giving evidence of a feeling of self-importance

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Importantly vs. Important: Usage Guide

A number of commentators have objected to importantly as a sentence modifier (the use defined above at sense 1) and have recommended important instead. Actually, both the adverb and the adjective are in reputable standard use in this function. Important is always used with more or most. had bronze weapons and composite bows; more important, they utilized the horse and war chariot — Harry A. Gailey, Jr. second and most important, the book contains no important woman character — F. Scott Fitzgerald Importantly is commonly used in similar contexts, but it is somewhat more flexible in not requiring more or most. sticks and, just as importantly, unsticks easily — Phoebe Hawkins importantly, the leaven in the mixture is quality — George O'Brien

Examples of important in a Sentence

Diet and exercise are important for health. In his editorial, he made several important points. Scientists have made an important discovery. Doing her job well is important to her. He's one of the most important scholars in his field.
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Note: Core engagement is important for all six moves, so make sure to keep your core muscles tight and active throughout the entire workout. 1. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 Even the most prepared bunnies can forget something important for Easter Sunday. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Walmart Open on Easter? Here Are the Superstore's Holiday Hours," 11 Mar. 2019 Today the company made another new and important foray with the debut of a four-piece collection of rugs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Parachute Launches New Collection of Cozy, Handwoven Area Rugs," 7 Mar. 2019 The summit will cover panel discussions and author talks about a range of important life skills, from financial well-being to physical wellness (and just about everything in between). Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here's the Self-Care Summit Every Book Lover Needs," 6 Mar. 2019 The demonstration was for under-privileged children in the area who are given the chance to learn important cooking skills and traditional Moroccan recipes from some of the country's most impressive chefs. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Teasing Prince Harry as He Eats a Pancake Is the Sweetest Thing You'll See Today," 26 Feb. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge is already teaching her oldest two children, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, one very important life skill: How to cook. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Is Teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte How to Cook," 10 Feb. 2019 That’s important, as phones with discrete modems would either have to include larger batteries, or simply suffer shorter battery life. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip suggests 2020 really will be the year of 5G phones," 25 Feb. 2019 These ongoing labor disputes are important for several reasons, chief among them that there is more than just one group’s future at stake. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of important

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for important

Middle English importante, from Medieval Latin important-, importans, present participle of importare to signify — more at import

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important

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of important

: having serious meaning or worth : deserving or requiring serious attention
: having power, authority, or influence

important

adjective
im·​por·​tant | \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt How to pronounce important (audio) \

Kids Definition of important

1 : having serious meaning or worth Graduation is an important event in your life.
2 : having power or authority an important leader

Other Words from important

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