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importantadjective

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.
Opposite
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   us   /-li/
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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 Arabic مُهِمّ…
in Korean 중요한, 영향력이 큰…
in Malaysian penting…
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 Vietnamese quan trọng…
in Spanish importante…
in Portuguese importante…
in Thai สำคัญ…
in German wichtig…
in Catalan important…
in Japanese 大切な, 地位の高い…
in Indonesian penting…
in Chinese (Simplified) 必需的, 重要的, 珍贵的…
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