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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Recent Examples on the Web

Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith said the popularity of concealed carry permits in Utah makes such trainings even more important. Washington Post, "Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings," 6 July 2019 Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith said the popularity of concealed carry permits in Utah makes such trainings even more important. Morgan Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings," 6 July 2019 Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith said the popularity of concealed carry permits in Utah makes such trainings even more important. Morgan Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings," 6 July 2019 That's more important than test scores or reading levels. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Navajo Nation opens first street-side libraries thanks to teacher," 5 July 2019 Also, and this is more important, what Mark Zuckerberg didn't mention was that Twitter was trying to buy Instagram, to turn Instagram into a Facebook killer. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Tim Wu Explains Why He Thinks Facebook Should Be Broken Up," 5 July 2019 More important, achieving a lifelong dream at 56 is a pretty fantastic way to feel young and vibrant! David Canfield, EW.com, "In conversation: Karen Dukess and Taylor Jenkins Reid on writing female-centric period pieces," 3 July 2019 The nanotube filters can perform a far more important feat than removing contaminants, McGinnis says: They separate ethanol from water. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019 The last two are probably more important in the long run. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 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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