imperative Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"imperative" in British English

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imperativeadjective

uk   /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/

imperative adjective (URGENT)

C2 extremelyimportant or ​urgent: [+ that] The ​president said it was imperative that the ​release of all ​hostages be ​secured. [+ to infinitive] It's imperative toact now before the ​problem gets really ​serious.

imperative adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language used to ​describe the ​form of a ​verb that is usually used for giving ​orders: In the phrase "Leave him ​alone!", the ​verb "​leave" is in the imperative ​form.
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imperativenoun

uk   /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/

imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

B2 [S] specialized language the ​form of a ​verb that is usually used for giving ​orders: In the phrase "Leave him ​alone!", the ​verb "​leave" is an imperative/is in the imperative.
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imperative noun (URGENT)

[C] something that is ​extremelyimportant or ​urgent: Getting the ​unemployed back to ​work, said the ​mayor, is a moral imperative.
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(Definition of imperative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"imperative" in American English

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imperativeadjective

 us   /ɪmˈper·ə·t̬ɪv/

imperative adjective (URGENT)

extremelyimportant or ​urgent: [+ that clause] It is imperative that these ​medicalsupplies be ​deliveredimmediately.

imperativenoun

 us   /ɪmˈper·ə·t̬ɪv/

imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

grammar [U] the mood (= ​form) of a ​verb used for giving ​orders: In the phrase "Leave him ​alone," the ​verb "​leave" is in the imperative.

imperative noun (SOMETHING URGENT)

[C] something that ​needs to be done or given ​attentionimmediately: The ​government has a ​moral imperative to ​provideequalaccess to high-quality ​education for all ​children.
(Definition of imperative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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