Definition of “important” - 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)

“important” in American English

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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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Poverty-related diseases are a serious threat to the development of poor countries, and we have the important task of helping these countries fight these diseases.
I think that that is very important.
In this connection, it is important for us to see these three parts of the process as being of equal value.
The rapporteur has made important observations about the social, economic and environmental fields of our fisheries sector with regard to fishing in international waters.
In the report, we stress how important it is for countries that have been hit hard by these diseases to be able to import cheap and generic medicines.
In our view, breast implants are therefore an issue, important though it is, that is better dealt with at national level.
Our point of departure is that the most important measure for reducing the risks associated with drug dependence is that of preventing dependence itself.
In this field, we will also present important proposals on the control of road transport in relation to the identification of motorway black spots.
There are alternatives; the most important thing is that people are committed to each other, that they have a family life.
I say this because it is important for the variety of opinion that exists in relation to farming to be on the record.