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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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Recent Examples on the Web No sane planner would include a cultural site without military significance on a target list. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 9 Jan. 2020 The opportunity to oversee the hotel carries some personal significance for the clinic’s executive director, Randy Shaw. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF to lease buildings for formerly homeless as it struggles to get people off the streets," 7 Jan. 2020 Esper said strikes against places with historic, artistic, or religious significance but no military value would constitute a war crime. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "January 7, 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 The number seven carries special significance for the group. Kat Moon, Time, "BTS Announces Release Date for New Album Map of the Soul: 7," 7 Jan. 2020 The excitement was palpable at the inauguration in Faneuil Hall, where supporters whooped and cheered and offered a standing ovation for Mejia when Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke of her election’s significance. Stephanie Ebbert,, "A wave of diversity changes the look of local councils," 7 Jan. 2020 President Trump has no challengers who are polling with any significance, and some states, including Nevada, Alaska, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia and Arizona, aren't holding Republican primary contests at all. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "When the major primaries and caucuses are happening – and how they work," 2 Jan. 2020 Achieving this milestone at Nebraska carries added significance for Indiana. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: How Indiana football put together its best season in 25 years," 1 Jan. 2020 The phrase emphasizes the importance of communication between different nations, which carries especial significance for Beijing this year as it is engaged in an ongoing trade war with the US. Jane Li, Quartz, "The transformation of China’s top memes over a decade reflects Beijing’s tighter grip on speech," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of significance

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

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17 Jan 2020

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“Significance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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