sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \ sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s How to pronounce significance (audio) \

Definition of significance

1a : something that is conveyed as a meaning often obscurely or indirectly
b : the quality of conveying or implying
2a : the quality of being important : moment
b : the quality of being statistically significant

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importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

Examples of significance in a Sentence

The discovery has great significance to researchers. His age is of little significance. This building should be preserved because of its historical significance. Does the ceremony have any religious significance? Her work has a significance that will last beyond her lifetime. I failed to understand the significance of her remarks. Does the date March 16 have some special significance to you? People in ancient times assigned a particular significance to the number seven.
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With husband Carl's carpentry background, the couple built the café's interior and furniture out of leftover pallets, which hold a special significance for Tina. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "She was trafficked as a child. Now this survivor fights back through coffee," 10 July 2019 But the match held significance to all, for similar reasons. Parth Upadhyaya, The Denver Post, "“Everybody wins today”: Fans celebrate exciting FIFA Women’s World Cup final at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park," 7 July 2019 Because of that, Phillips's degree holds special significance. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "The First Black Woman to Earn a Physics PhD From University of Glasgow Just Graduated," 3 July 2019 The hearing, conducted by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, held both historical and symbolic significance. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?," 20 June 2019 Even in the late 1960s, at the height of the Black Arts Movement and long after her death, Rainey continued to hold a special significance in the heart of black America as an early ambassador of empowered sexuality and personal liberation. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Ma Rainey, the ‘Mother of the Blues’," 12 June 2019 Month-to-month state tax revenues hold extra significance right now since it’s budget season in the Ohio Statehouse. Andrew J. Tobias,, "With new state budget plan expected soon, May marks another strong month of Ohio tax collections," 7 June 2019 The program already held significance: Orchestras all over the country have used the 2018-2019 concert season to honor the centennial of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, whom Alsop credits as the inspiration for her career. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "With abrupt summer cancellation, 'West Side Story' is the last BSO performance until fall," 7 June 2019 But a state visit from the President of the United States still holds a certain significance. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Prince Charles and Camilla's Dinner with President Trump," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of significance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of significance

: the quality of being important : the quality of having notable worth or influence
: the meaning of something


sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \ sig-ˈni-fi-kəns How to pronounce significance (audio) \

Kids Definition of significance

1 : meaning sense 2 What is the significance of the ribbon she's wearing?
2 : importance It's a subject of some significance.

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