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significantadjective

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.
significance
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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significantadjective

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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  • significant adjective (SPECIAL MEANING)

having a special meaning: 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 letter yet?
(Definition of significant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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