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English definition of “important”

important

adjective     /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. → Opposite unimportantVery important or urgent B1 having great effect or influence: He was one of the most important writers of that period. an important person/decisionVery important or urgent importantly     /-li/ adverb B2 If we served more soft drinks, there would be fewer hangovers and, more importantly, fewer drink-driving incidents.Very important or urgent
(Definition of important adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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