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"imperative" in British English

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imperativeadjective

uk   /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/  us   /ɪmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/
  • 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   /ɪmˈper.ə.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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(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)

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 attention immediately: The government has a moral imperative to provide equal access to high-quality education for all children.
(Definition of imperative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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