Definitions

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

  • adj. Of the greatest importance; crucial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very important; vital or crucial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of the greatest importance.

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

  • adj. of the greatest importance
  • adj. of the greatest importance

Etymologies

all + important (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He said traders are also spooked by unemployment, which Corpina calls "all-important."

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • In the western provinces of the Roman Empire, Latin was used by native and nonnative speakers alike for tax collecting, commerce, entertainment, rituals, and ceremonies, and in the all-important Roman military.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The numbers disappointed an industry that has been hoping for a rebound in the all-important spring sales season.

    Existing-Home Sales Tick Up, but Prices Slip

  • We hope they will prove useful as a first step to comparing courses and prompt students to investigate further on their own before making the all-important decisions on where to apply and what course to follow.

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  • A person familiar with the letter said the hope is that the EU will allow some unconventional types of capital, including those currently in use by some German banks, to count toward Basel III's all-important Tier 1 ratio.

    Feud Deepens Over EU Bank Rules

  • Ironically, this doesn't involve her first lover but instead, her best friend, the girl with whom she chose to make the all-important journey into adulthood with.

    Kate Monro: The Devastatingly Short Virginity Loss Story

  • Sleep is also essential for healthy adrenal glands, the all-important organs that help to regulate blood sugar, balance hormones, and facilitate our "fight or flight" response, among other things.

    Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.: Decrease Your Hunger With Sounder Slumber

  • The droughts seemed to prove not only the Pharaoh's vulnerability, but also that no matter what homage was paid to Sobek, he didn't, or couldn't, bring the all-important flood sometimes.

    Richard Bangs: Quest for the Lord of the Nile, Part III

  • Cooper's Wednesday broadcast--where he recounted the attack and aired video showing what happened--won his timeslot in the all-important A25-54 demo.

    Cooper Wins The Night

  • Which is why I was mystified by the answer my first love, let's call him Chester, gave to my all-important reading question.

    Anne Hill: How Juvenile Fiction Predicts Relationships--and Divorce

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