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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The most important of the battles is Nigeria’s campaign against Boko Haram. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 The stadium plan, of course, left out one important piece of information: Who’s going to pay for it? Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Is there actually a buzz for Magic 'MoJo' of Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac?," 13 July 2018 Crocker said that being human is the most important part of the process. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 The text of the proposal is littered with random capitalization, because some things are too important to lowercase. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 Prejudice against people with opioid and other substance use disorders can lead to job loss and rupture of important relationships. Melissa Stein, STAT, "Privacy laws are hurting the care of patients with addiction," 13 July 2018 Even more important have been the group’s summer-camp and Birthright initiatives. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 Is a handwritten note an important expression of our love during this difficult time? Southern Living, "Manners in Times of Sorrow: Your Questions Answered," 12 July 2018 The greenery and lighting was a really important part of the theme. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Josh Abbott Is Married! All the Details from the Country Star and Wife Taylor Parnell's Big Day," 9 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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