Meaning of “significant” in the English Dictionary

"significant" in English

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uk /sɪɡˈnɪf.ɪ.kənt/ us /sɪɡˈnɪf.ə.kənt/

significant adjective (IMPORTANT)

B2 important or noticeable:

There has been a significant increase in the number of women students in recent years.
The talks between the USA and the USSR were very significant for the relationship between the two countries.

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

"significant" in American English

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us /sɪɡˈnɪf·ɪ·kənt/

important, large, or great, esp. in leading to a different result or to an important change:

This election reaffirms a significant shift of the center of power.
Marriage is a significant commitment.
noun [ U ] us /sɪɡˈnɪf·ɪ·kəns/

The full significance of space exploration may not be understood for many years to come.

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The largest part of additional human resources spending is therefore not related to any significant extent to the design and implementation of the reform strategy.
Given that significant shortcomings have also been identified in this area, we also have to ask how effective these control mechanisms are.
Such a step is significant.
The promotion of local shipping also enjoys broad favour, since preservation of the environment and a significant reduction of congestion on our roads are essential.
Our unity allowed our opinion to prevail in the progressive countries and to make significant progress in the twelve crucial areas.
Secondly, the scope of the directive must, in any event, be sufficiently broad and systematically include those plans which have a significant impact on the environment.
I believe that you have chosen an appropriate moment, that you have spelled out a coherent and significant vision and that you have formulated a challenge with great personal conviction.
A significant number of these aspirations are at national level, but that does not mean that we should not compare notes.
Above all, it is highly significant that the candidate countries are now to be directly involved in this computer system, i.e. in this new procedure.
We have spent an enormous amount of time on significant market power and deciding how to regulate it, instead of actually thinking about the way forward.