Meaning of “importance” in the English Dictionary

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"importance" in British English

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importancenoun [ U ]

uk /ɪmˈpɔː.təns/ us /ɪmˈpɔːr.təns/

B1 the quality of being important:

The health report stresses the importance of fresh food in a diet.
She attaches a lot of importance to personal possessions.

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  • I'd just like to stress the importance of neatness and politeness in this job.
  • It's a country which places great importance on education.
  • Will you phone me back - it's a matter of some importance.
  • I don't attach any importance to these rumours.
  • Her health is what matters - the cost of the treatment is of secondary importance.

(Definition of “importance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"importance" in Business English

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importancenoun [ U ]

uk /ɪmˈpɔːtəns/ us

the quality of being important:

Some managers acknowledge the importance of balancing work and family, and believe it necessary to design specific policies.

(Definition of “importance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)