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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Recent Examples on the Web

There’s another, subtler and more important aspect of human vision that computer vision lacks. Quanta Magazine, "Computers and Humans ‘See’ Differently. Does It Matter?," 17 Sep. 2019 Of course, that wasn't before Meghan was able to communicate how important this project was to her. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Went Straight Home to Archie After Her Fashion Line Launch," 13 Sep. 2019 That’s where doing close research is most important because local governments almost never default on their own bonds. BostonGlobe.com, "Key site in downtown Weston up for sale," 17 Sep. 2019 Traits that wild fish lose by mating with hatchery fish may one day be important for adaptation to climate change, Mr. Thurow said. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’," 16 Sep. 2019 What was most important to Slay was to keep fighting. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Darius Slay made the final 'big play' after a busy day to beat Chargers," 15 Sep. 2019 Doriot considered the layers of the M-43 uniform to be as important as weapons and battle tactics to America’s military success. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 Making use of these abilities is important, because reading and writing seem to prevent cognitive decline. Roger J. Kreuz, Quartz, "The one skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age," 13 Sep. 2019 Talking about mental health and suicide is important, says Dr. Genovese. Madeleine Burry, Health.com, "Why Do People Kill Themselves? These 5 Factors Help Explain It," 12 Sep. 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

importantly adverb

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