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English definition of “imperative”


adjective (URGENT)    /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
C2 extremely important or urgent : [+ that] The president said it was imperative that the release of all hostages be secured . [+ to infinitive] It's imperative to act now before the problem gets really serious .Very important or urgent
(Definition of imperative adjective (URGENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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