The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Having or suggesting a consciousness of high position or authority; authoritative: recited the decree with an important air.
  • adj. Obsolete Importunate.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having relevant and crucial value.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious.
  • adj. Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable content or bearing; significant; weighty.
  • adj. Bearing on; forcible; driving.
  • adj. Importunate; pressing; urgent.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of much import; bearing weight or consequence; momentous; grave; significant.
  • Consequential; pretentious; pompous: as, an important manner.
  • [Appar. confused with importunate. Cf. importunate, 1.] Importunate; eager; pressing.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having authority or ascendancy or influence
  • adj. having or suggesting a consciousness of high position
  • adj. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
  • adj. of great significance or value
  • adj. important in effect or meaning

Word Usage

" 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. "


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