Meaning of “important” in the English Dictionary

"important" in English

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uk /ɪmˈpɔː.tənt/ us /ɪmˈpɔːr.tənt/

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.

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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adverb uk /ɪmˈpɔː.tə us /ɪmˈpɔːr.tə



If we served more soft drinks, there would be fewer hangovers and, more importantly, fewer drink-driving incidents.

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

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us /ɪmˈpɔr·tənt/

of great value, meaning, or effect:

an important discovery
[ + that clause ] It’s important that you tell the doctor all your symptoms.

Important also means having great influence:

an important modern artist
noun [ U ] us /ɪmˈpɔr·təns/

He stressed the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
adverb us /ɪmˈpɔr·tənt·li/

She has a pleasant personality, but more importantly, she is well qualified for the job.

(Definition of “important” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I want to concentrate my initial remarks on women's and children's rights, as the rapporteur has chosen to focus on these important objects.
At this very important juncture, you said that racism, xenophobia and antisemitism are totally incompatible with the defence of human rights and the dignity of the human person.
There are many emotional obstacles to this and yet it is important to take these steps and some have certainly been taken.
They are incredibly important.
A particularly important aspect is greater emphasis on dialogue with the national authorities in beneficiary countries to ensure that national programmes more accurately reflect our mutual interest.
We have amendments about consumer protection - so important in the establishment of trust in e-commerce - on the future of taxation, on the implications for healthcare and for transport.
We need to rethink and recognise that water is our most important asset and that our responsibility towards it goes far beyond the present generation.
Literature likewise plays an important part in the way it transmits our cultural heritage, increases mutual familiarity and preserves linguistic wealth and the diversity of tongues.
I just want to point out that what is most important in this opinion is, of course, the view that proper resources should be set aside for mainstreaming.
One important element will be flexibility in the programming process, so that funding and priorities can adapt to today's rapidly changing world.