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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Then there were the wives—so many wives!—of all those important men. Jules Barrueco, Glamour, "Moms Have Changed. It’s Time to Change Gifts for Them Too," 10 May 2019 While the boss’ feedback is important and helpful, don’t lose the art of crafting your own observations and assessments. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Get Promoted at Work In 3 Steps, According to a Career Coach," 9 May 2019 So Entry Level Any More Gone are the days when new hires spent years learning the ropes before being handed important work. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work," 9 May 2019 The distinction between first- and third-party cookies is a subtle one, though important. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google and Chrome pledge to crack down on snooping third-party web cookies," 7 May 2019 Details including brass inlay in the natural oak herringbone floors, which run the length of the hallway, signify another important marker in creating a natural flow. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 Educating people on the importance of eating healthy food is just as important. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019 Mother's Day marks an important holiday to honor the woman who raised you. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Mother's Day Bible Verses to Share With Your Mom," 5 Apr. 2019 At 31, the greatest player in the world is somehow more important to Barça than at any point since... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Lionel Messi Is More Important Than Ever," 17 Apr. 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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