important

adjective
im·​por·​tant | \ im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt How to pronounce important (audio) , especially Southern US and New England -tənt, -dənt \

Essential Meaning of important

1 : having serious meaning or worth She's an important [=significant] part of the team. Diet and exercise are important for health. : deserving or requiring serious attention an important problem In his editorial, he made several important points. See More ExamplesIt's important that you remember to send these forms on time. = It's important for you to remember to send these forms on time. Scientists have made an important discovery. Doing her job well is important to her. The new policy will help businesses and, more important [=importantly], it will create thousands of new jobs. [=it is more important that the new policy will create thousands of new jobs] critically/crucially/vitally importantHide
2 : having power, authority, or influence He's one of the most important scholars in his field. an important artist

Full 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

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 Putting the obvious aside — that this is a scary situation made less scary by James being vaccinated and healthy and that his overall well-being is more important than anything else — the basketball implications are fairly interesting. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 How important will this year’s Golden Globe nominations be in setting the tone for where things stand with the HFPA? Michael Schneider, Variety, 2 Dec. 2021 Nothing is more important than family to Dom Toretto. Natalie Lin, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 If support from Trump is important in the Republican primary, then Oz may have a leg up. Marc Levy, ajc, 1 Dec. 2021 More important is to build characteristics of the next head coach. Tom Noie, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 These actions are particularly important as the virus continues to evolve and new variants emerge. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 Here are all the reasons choosing a health care POA is so important. Hiranmayi Srinivasan, Health.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Vaccines are particularly important as new variants are introduced. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Dec. 2021

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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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4 Dec 2021

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“Important.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/important. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for important

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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