im·port·ant BrE [ɪmˈpɔːtnt]
NAmE [ɪmˈpɔːrtnt]
1. having a great effect on people or things; of great value
an important decision/factor
I have an important announcement to make.
Money played an important role in his life.
Listening is an important part of the job.
one of the most important collections of American art
It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
It is important that he attend every day.
(BrE) It is important that he should attend every day.
It is important for him to attend every day.
~ (to sb) It's very important to me that you should be there.
The important thing is to keep trying.
2. (of a person) having great influence or authority
an important member of the team
He likes to feel important.
Derived Word: importantly
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from medieval Latin important- ‘being of consequence’, from the verb importare ‘bring in’ (in medieval Latin ‘imply, mean, be of consequence’), from in- ‘in’ + portare ‘carry’.
important [important importantly] adj.
I have an important announcement to make.
significant • • great • • crucial • • critical • • vital • • essential • • momentous|informal big|formal notable
Opp: unimportant, Opp: trivial
be important/significant/crucial/critical/vital/essential for/to sb/sth
be important/significant/crucial/critical/vital/essential/notable that…
important/significant/great/crucial/critical/vital/momentous/big/notable events/changes/developments
Important or significant? Important is a more general word. Things that are significant are important from a particular point of view, have been measured in some way, or are great in degree:
These figures are statistically significant.
 ✗ These figures are statistically important.:
a significant proportion of the population
 ✗ an important proportion of the population
Being a manager is an important job.
powerful • • dominant • • influential • • great • • high-powered • • instrumental|approving strong
Opp: unimportant
important/dominant/influential/instrumental in (doing) sth
a/an important/powerful/dominant/influential/great/strong figure/leader/position
a/an important/powerful/dominant/great/strong influence
Which word? Powerful people such as politicians use their position to control events. Influential people change other people's opinions or behaviour because people respect and listen to them. Important people influence other people or events because people respect them or because their position means their actions have a great effect. Strong people are confident and have leadership qualities.
Language Bank:
Highlighting an important point
This case emphasizes / highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees.
Effective communication skills are essential / crucial / vital .
It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here.
It is important to remember that / An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across.
Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially / above all , the effectiveness with which you listen.
I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication.
Choose your words carefully: in particular , avoid confusing and ambiguous language.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly , you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
note at essential
Language Bank at vital
Example Bank:
He made me feel important by asking me lots of questions about myself.
It's important for you to understand this.
Several factors make this painting uniquely important.
Someone left a message for you— it sounded important.
Spending time with my children is important to me.
The work of the intelligence services was crucially important to victory in the war.
These ideas are considered enormously important.
These two factors are equally important.
This is most important: you must deliver the letter to Johnson himself.
This is what makes our work so important.
an internationally important site for these rare birds
historically important buildings
Her management experience was an important factor in our decision to appoint her.
It is important for him to attend every day.
It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
It is one of the most important collections of American art.
It's very important to me that you should be there.
Many disabled people do now hold important jobs in industry.
She is an important member of the team.
The important thing is to keep trying.
The media are important in forming public perceptions.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
a.1.Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious.
Thou hast strength as much
As serves to execute a mind very important.
2.Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable content or bearing; significant; weighty.
Things small as nothing . . .
He makes important.
3.Bearing on; forcible; driving.
He fiercely at him flew,
And with important outrage him assailed.
4.Importunate; pressing; urgent.

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