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important

adjective uk   /ɪmˈpɔː.tənt/ us    /-ˈpɔːr.t̬ənt/
A1 necessary or of great value: I think his career is more important to him than I am. It's important for children to learn to get on with each other. The important thing is to keep the heat low or the sugar will burn. He's not amazingly handsome, but he's nice and that's more important.
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B1 having great effect or influence: He was one of the most important writers of that period. an important person/decision
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importantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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B2 If we served more soft drinks, there would be fewer hangovers and, more importantly, fewer drink-driving incidents.
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…
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