important

adjective
im·​por·​tant | \im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt, 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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And this cycle, issues important to moms — like healthcare, immigration, and national security — are the ones driving women to the polls. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These 10 Moms Running for Office Need You to Vote on November 6," 30 Oct. 2018 So naturally, lighting was one of the most important elements of our Whole Home Project, which celebrates living with wellness and technology. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "This House Has The Coolest Lighting You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Oct. 2018 But protein serves a lot of other important purposes, like being the building blocks for muscles and organs, forming enzymes that support basic life functions, and building and repairing tissue, Davis says. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 Procopio said the department has since deemed the island stations too important to close. Todd Wallack, BostonGlobe.com, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 When foreign dignitaries interact with the the royal family, traditional etiquette and deference are considered especially important. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Trump Ends Tumultuous U.K. Visit With A Breach In Royal Protocol," 14 July 2018 But there's one thing that will always be important in health care and that's the human connection with patients. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018 The standoff ended on Saturday morning when the two most important Catholic Church leaders in Nicaragua, Monseñor Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag and Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, arrived at the church and negotiated the students' release. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 The most important issue is that grant agencies and funding bodies will start to support such project proposals. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018

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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 \

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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