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 : giving evidence of a feeling of self-importance
3 obsolete : importunate, urgent

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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 Optimism is important right now, and there are good reasons to be optimistic. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama is open for COVID," 19 Nov. 2020 Mechanical Petzl ascenders were important, and a scuffed red helmet was reassuring, but ultimately the beefy limb made everything possible. Leath Tonino, Outside Online, "On Sleeping in the Largest Organism on Earth," 19 Nov. 2020 This is important because vaccines often don't work as well in older people, Pollard said. Arkansas Online, "Oxford scientists expect covid-19 vaccine data by Christmas," 19 Nov. 2020 Identifying delirium as a Covid-19 symptom in patients before they are admitted to a hospital could be important to protect others from infection. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Delirium could signal Covid-19 infection in older adults, study finds," 19 Nov. 2020 This is important because the Cal defense funnels a lot of action into the inside linebackers, who are expected to make a lot of tackles. oregonlive, "Scouting Oregon State’s opponent: Cal beat writer answers five key questions about the Bears," 18 Nov. 2020 But with the spring semester typically a week longer than fall, Markman, who oversees academic planning at UT, said the administration knew a break would be important to give students some relief from the long slog of the semester. Brittany Britto,, "As pandemic continues, some Texas colleges scrap spring break plans," 18 Nov. 2020 In that respect, the Warriors’ top draft pick is important. Scott Ostler,, "Klay Thompson injury sucks joy out of Warriors’ big draft night," 18 Nov. 2020 That was important, Reed said, after the Spartans did not have spring practice and were forced to install schematic changes and create culture shifts remotely over the summer. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Tucker to Michigan State football players: Give effort or get out," 18 Nov. 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of important was in the 15th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Important.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of important

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


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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