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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Second, Super Bowl Sunday has a big significance for the couple. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everyone's Convinced Travis Scott Will Propose to Kylie Jenner at the Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2019 Kennedy's retirement comes after recent rulings that highlighted the significance of Gorsuch's seat, including Tuesday's 5-4 decision to uphold Trump's travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Newly open seat on Supreme Court puts pressure on McCaskill in key Senate race," 27 June 2018 After the vote totals were announced, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi downplayed the significance of Ocasio-Cortez's win and her colleague's defeat. Jay Willis, GQ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won Not Because Her Ideas Are Radical, But Because They're Good," 27 June 2018 Trying to save himself mid free-fall, Jean Blanc brought up the significance of his gift (? Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Becca endures a brutally awkward elimination in Week 4," 19 June 2018 TCC - Trinity River Campus will play documentaries highlighting the significance of Juneteenth on monitors along its Main St. walkway in front of the TRTR Building throughout the day. Hanaa’ Tameez, star-telegram, "Don't miss the last Juneteenth events around Fort Worth," 18 June 2018 The outcome also has significance for the congressional races. Emily Cadei, Taryn Luna And Amy Chance, sacbee, "Six California election races to watch on Tuesday night," 3 June 2018 Families of the victims and members of the public were asked to submit a single line from a song which had a personal significance for them. James Masters, CNN, "Manchester bombing: Ariana Grande marks anniversary with message to city," 22 May 2018 Olusola told Billboard back in April that the event has a special significance for him because he was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mary J. Dimeglio, Billboard, "Pentatonix Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby: Watch," 5 May 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 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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