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Definition of "important" []

  • Strongly affecting the course of events or the nature of things; significant: an important message that must get through; close friends who are important to me. (adjective)
  • Having or suggesting a consciousness of high position or authority; authoritative: recited the decree with an important air. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Importunate. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "important" in a sentence
  • "This approach to community policing and its focus on dealing with low level crime is important and over the last 40 years the direction of the police, particularly in London has oscillated between the ‘Bobby on the beat’ and dealing with the big, ’important’ crimes that the Police Federation and John Denham Chair of the Home Office Select Committee seem to want them to go back to pursuing."
  • "The occasion, by the way, need not be really important, but, as in this imaginary case of the boil, if it _seems important_ to the woman, irritation will outweigh the physical sensation. ""
  • "So-and-so was always a name important enough for her to recognize, and he always said it in a sort of fake bored way that irritated her."