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English definition of “paramount”

paramount

adjective uk   /ˈpær.ə.maʊnt/ us    /ˈper-/ formal
C2 more important than anything else: There are many priorities, but reducing the budget deficit is paramount/is of paramount importance.Very important or urgent
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