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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But working your upper body is important for way more than just establishing a well-rounded fitness routine. SELF, "23 Back and Shoulder Exercises for a Strong Upper Body," 5 Jan. 2019 All of this is in keeping with lots of previous research, which indicated that establishing a group identity is incredibly important to humans. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 In a crucial step in his logic, O’Connor then held that because the individual mandate is so important to the overall law, the whole thing can no longer stand. Mark Sherman, The Seattle Times, "After judge’s ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?," 17 Dec. 2018 But more important: GOG’s giving away free copies of the LucasArts classic adventure game Full Throttle. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "GOG.com's winter sale kicks off with free copies of LucasArts classic Full Throttle," 13 Dec. 2018 That’s precisely why layout and optimizing a space for your needs is so important. Taylor Martin, House Beautiful, "What I Learned About Living In A Tiny House," 7 Nov. 2018 Yes, the contents of a present itself are important, but presentation matters. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "Why I Never Put Christmas Presents In Gift Bags," 5 Nov. 2018 Sater is an American spy with a criminal record Multiple profiles of Sater make one thing jaw-droppingly clear: Sater is an important, yet intentionally unheralded, figure in US national security. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 Her activism to raise awareness is extremely important, necessary, and admirable. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Kim, Kate, Juergen, Pam, and More Cheer on Vivienne Westwood as She Receives an Honor from the Fashion Awards," 5 Dec. 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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