Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “important”

See all translations

important

adjective  /ɪmˈpɔr·tənt/ us  
of great value, meaning, or effect: an important discovery [+ that clause] It’s important that you tell the doctor all your symptoms. Important also means having great influence: an important modern artist
importance
noun [U]  /ɪmˈpɔr·təns/ us  
He stressed the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
importantly
adverb  /ɪmˈpɔr·tənt·li/ us  
She has a pleasant personality, but more importantly, she is well qualified for the job.
Translations of “important”
in Korean 중요한, 영향력이 큰…
in Arabic مُهِمّ…
in French important…
in Turkish önemli, faydalı, gerekli…
in Italian importante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 必需的, 重要的, 珍貴的…
in Russian важный, значительный, влиятельный…
in Polish ważny…
in Spanish importante…
in Portuguese importante…
in German wichtig…
in Catalan important…
in Japanese 大切な, 地位の高い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 必需的, 重要的, 珍贵的…
(Definition of important from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of important?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “important”

Definitions of “important” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More