sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s \

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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In June, Trump became the first US president to meet with North Korea, a move that had national and global significance. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Miss Universe Singapore’s pageant dress is a giant mural of Trump and Kim Jong Un shaking hands," 29 Nov. 2018 Jack’s answer to Rebecca’s pet question has major significance in the show. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "6 Things You Missed From the 'This Is Us' Season 3 Premiere," 26 Sep. 2018 In addition to participating in plenty of hilarious sketches, the actor/rapper/writer also shed light on the significance of her involvement with a moving opening monologue. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Awkwafina's "Saturday Night Live" Monologue Highlighted the Importance of Representation," 7 Oct. 2018 The report has taken on fresh significance in the wake of a new federal lawsuit by Sanders over his firing that could put Pennsylvania taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "Off limits: Report on state college abuse kept from public," 1 Oct. 2018 Surveying a table where officers displayed 11 bags of suspected drugs, seven guns and stacks of $20 bills, Knecht reflected on the items' significance. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD seizes $750K of suspected heroin, meth in 'once-in-a-career' bust," 3 July 2018 Avenatti's association with Tobin has taken on new significance in light of his representation of Daniels. Maeve Reston, CNN, "Exclusive: How a 'nobody' ex-con pushed Avenatti law firm into bankruptcy," 1 June 2018 In a 5-2 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, there was no doubt the moment took on such significance. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Benches clear, Eric Skoglund dazzles in Royals' doubleheader win over White Sox | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 The battle itself was short on duration but long on historical significance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The First Tank-on-Tank Battle Happened 100 Years Ago," 26 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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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