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

  • n. The quality or condition of being important; significance.
  • n. Personal status; standing.
  • n. Obsolete An important matter.
  • n. Obsolete Meaning; import.
  • n. Obsolete Importunity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or condition of being important or worthy of note
  • n. significance or prominence
  • n. personal status or standing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being important; consequence; weight; moment; significance.
  • n. Subject; matter.
  • n. Import; meaning; significance.
  • n. Importunity; solicitation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of having much import or moment; consequence; concernment; momentousness.
  • n. Personal consequence or consideration; standing; dignity; social or public position.
  • n. Pretentiousness; pompousness: as, he walked in with an air of great importance.
  • n. Significance; meaning; import.
  • n. A matter of weight or moment.
  • n. [Cf. important, 3.] Importunity; urgency.

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

  • n. a prominent status
  • n. the quality of being important and worthy of note

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