Definition of “imperative” - English Dictionary

“imperative” in British English

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imperativeadjective

uk /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/ us /ɪmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/

imperative adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language used to describe the form of a verb that is usually used for giving orders:

In the phrase "Leave him alone!", the verb "leave" is in the imperative form.

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imperativenoun

uk /ɪmˈper.ə.tɪv/ us /ɪmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/

imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

B2 [ S ] specialized language the form of a verb that is usually used for giving orders:

In the phrase "Leave him alone!", the verb "leave" is an imperative/is in the imperative.

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

“imperative” in American English

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imperativeadjective

us /ɪmˈper·ə·t̬ɪv/

imperative adjective (URGENT)

imperativenoun

us /ɪmˈper·ə·t̬ɪv/

imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

grammar [ U ] the mood (= form) of a verb used for giving orders:

In the phrase "Leave him alone," the verb "leave" is in the imperative.

imperative noun (SOMETHING URGENT)

[ C ] something that needs to be done or given attention immediately:

The government has a moral imperative to provide equal access to high-quality education for all children.

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