Definition of imperative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈperətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈperətɪv//
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  1. 1(formal) a thing that is very important and needs immediate attention or action the economic imperative of quality education for all
  2. 2(grammar) the form of a verb that expresses an order; a verb in this form In ‘Go away!’ the verb is in the imperative. ‘Go away!’ is an imperative.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a grammatical term): from late Latin imperativus (literally ‘specially ordered’, translating Greek prostatikē enklisis ‘imperative mood’), from imperare ‘to command’, from in- ‘towards’ + parare ‘make ready’.
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