important


adjective

  1. of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  2. mattering much (usually followed by to): details important to a fair decision.
  3. entitled to more than ordinary consideration or notice: an important exception.
  4. prominent or large: He played an important part in national politics.
  5. of considerable influence or authority, as a person or position: an important scientist.
  6. having social position or distinction, as a person or family: important guests.
  7. pompous; pretentious: When speaking, he assumes an important attitude that offends his audience.
  8. Obsolete. importunate.

adjective

  1. of great significance or value; outstandingVoltaire is an important writer
  2. of social significance; notable; eminent; esteemedan important man in the town
  3. (when postpositive, usually foll by to) specially relevant or of great concern (to); valued highly (by)your wishes are important to me
  4. an obsolete word for importunate
adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French important and directly from Medieval Latin importantem (nominative importans), present participle of importare “be significant in,” from Latin importare “bring in” (see import). Related: Importantly.

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