significant Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “significant” in the English Dictionary

"significant" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /sɪɡˈnɪf.ɪ.kənt/

significant adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 important or ​noticeable: There has been a significant ​increase in the ​number of women ​students in ​recentyears. The ​talks between the USA and the USSR were very significant for the ​relationship between the two ​countries.
More examples

significant adjective (SPECIAL MEANING)

having a ​specialmeaning: She ​looked at him ​across the ​table and gave him a significant ​smile. Do you ​think it's significant that he hasn't ​replied to my ​letteryet?
(Definition of significant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"significant" in American English

See all translations


 us   /sɪɡˈnɪf·ɪ·kənt/
important, ​large, or ​great, esp. in ​leading to a different ​result or to an ​importantchange: This ​electionreaffirms a significant ​shift of the ​center of ​power. Marriage is a significant ​commitment.
noun [U]  us   /sɪɡˈnɪf·ɪ·kəns/
The ​full significance of ​spaceexploration may not be ​understood for many ​years to come.
(Definition of significant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of significant?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to go from place to place searching, especially for food

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More