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"important" in British English

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importantadjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɔː.tənt/  us   /-ˈpɔːr.t̬ənt/
A1 necessary or of ​greatvalue: I ​think his ​career is more important to him than I am. It's important forchildren tolearn to get on with each other. The important thing is to ​keep the ​heatlow or the ​sugar will ​burn. He's not ​amazinglyhandsome, but he's ​nice and that's more important.
Opposite
B1 having ​greateffect or ​influence: He was one of the most important ​writers of that ​period. an important ​person/​decision

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adverb uk   us   /-li/

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B2 If we ​served more ​softdrinks, there would be fewer ​hangovers and, more importantly, fewer ​drink-drivingincidents.
(Definition of important from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"important" in American English

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importantadjective

 us   /ɪmˈpɔr·tənt/
of ​greatvalue, ​meaning, or ​effect: an important ​discovery [+ that clause] It’s important that you ​tell the ​doctor all ​yoursymptoms. Important also ​means having ​greatinfluence: an important ​modernartist
importance
noun [U]  us   /ɪmˈpɔr·təns/
He ​stressed the importance of ​fruits and ​vegetables in the ​diet.
importantly
adverb  us   /ɪmˈpɔr·tənt·li/
She has a ​pleasantpersonality, but more importantly, she is well ​qualified for the ​job.
(Definition of important from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “important”
in Korean 중요한, 영향력이 큰…
in Arabic مُهِمّ…
in Malaysian penting…
in French important…
in Russian важный, значительный, влиятельный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 必需的, 重要的, 珍貴的…
in Italian importante…
in Turkish önemli, faydalı, gerekli…
in Polish ważny…
in Spanish importante…
in Vietnamese quan trọng…
in Portuguese importante…
in Thai สำคัญ…
in German wichtig…
in Catalan important…
in Japanese 大切な, 地位の高い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 必需的, 重要的, 珍贵的…
in Indonesian penting…
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