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 Dictionary entry overview: What does important mean? 

IMPORTANT (adjective)
  The adjective IMPORTANT has 5 senses:

1. of great significance or value
2. important in effect or meaning
3. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
4. having authority or ascendancy or influence
5. having or suggesting a consciousness of high position

  Familiarity information: IMPORTANT used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMPORTANT (adjective)

Sense 1important [BACK TO TOP]


Of great significance or value


important; of import

Context examples:

important people / the important questions of the day


grand (the most important and magnificent in adornment)

grave; grievous; heavy; weighty (of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought)

great; outstanding (of major significance or importance)

historic (important in history)

in-chief (indicating the head of a staff)

measurable (of distinguished importance)

most-valuable (designating the player judged to be the most important to the sport)

serious (of great consequence)

strategic (highly important to or an integral part of a strategy or plan of action especially in war)

distinguished; eminent ((used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation)

Copernican (of radical or major importance)

consequential; eventful (having important issues or results)

all important; all-important; crucial; essential; of the essence (of the greatest importance)

alpha (first in order of importance)

beta (second in order of importance)

big (significant)

burning (of immediate import)

cardinal; central; fundamental; key; primal (serving as an essential component)

chief; main; primary; principal (most important element)


valuable (having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange)

important; significant (important in effect or meaning)

essential (basic and fundamental)


importance (the quality of being important and worthy of note)


unimportant (not important)

Sense 2important [BACK TO TOP]


Important in effect or meaning


significant; important

Context examples:

a significant change in tax laws / a significant change in the Constitution / a significant contribution / significant details / statistically significant


large (fairly large or important in effect; influential)

monumental (of outstanding significance)

noteworthy; remarkable (worthy of notice)

probative; probatory (tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation)

key; operative (effective; producing a desired effect)

fundamental; profound (far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something)

evidential; evidentiary (serving as or based on evidence)

earthshaking; world-shaking; world-shattering (sufficiently significant to affect the whole world)

epoch-making; epochal (highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era)

momentous (of very great significance)

portentous; prodigious (of momentous or ominous significance)


meaningful (having a meaning or purpose)

important; of import (of great significance or value)


significance (the quality of being significant)

Sense 3important [BACK TO TOP]


Of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis


crucial; important

Context examples:

a crucial moment in his career / a crucial election / a crucial issue for women


critical; decisive (forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis)

life-and-death; life-or-death (vitally important)

pivotal; polar (being of crucial importance)


critical (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency)

essential (basic and fundamental)

decisive (determining or having the power to determine an outcome)

Sense 4important [BACK TO TOP]


Having authority or ascendancy or influence


authoritative; important

Context examples:

an important official / the captain's authoritative manner


influential (having or exercising influence or power)

Sense 5important [BACK TO TOP]


Having or suggesting a consciousness of high position

Context examples:

recited the decree with an important air / took long important strides in the direction of his office


immodest (having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc)

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