American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete 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. obsolete Bearing on; forcible; driving.
- adj. obsolete Importunate; pressing; urgent.
- 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
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin importāns, important-, present participle of importāre, to mean, from Latin, to import; see import. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Whether his a guess or registered the important is the contribution of his comment ..”
“Asked about the hearings, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House welcomes congressional participation on what he called an important issue.”
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“That's what I call important information for making an intelligent decision in choosing whether to support a candidate or not.”
“President Abdullah Gul accuses U.S. politicians of sacrificing what he calls important matters for what he calls petty politics.”
“QUESTION: This was the most, what you call important week or holiest week for many world religions.”
“He charged that members of the Chiluba government were not paying attention to what he called important issues of national interest, stating: "They don't know how civil wars start.”
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