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



BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːtns//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrtns//
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the quality of being important She stressed the importance of careful preparation. It's a matter of the greatest importance to me. They attach great importance to the project. the relative importance of the two ideas State your reasons in order of importance. He was very aware of his own importance (= of his status). Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French, from medieval Latin importantia, from important- ‘being of consequence’, from the verb importare ‘bring in’ (in medieval Latin ‘imply, mean, be of consequence’), from in- ‘in’ + portare ‘carry’.Extra examples Deal with the issues in order of importance. Don’t underestimate the importance of good presentation. Education takes on an added importance at a time of economic uncertainty. Figure 2.2 shows the relative importance of the different service industries. I don’t discount the importance of theory, but I am really concerned with practice. It is of the utmost importance that you arrive on time. No one can seriously question the political importance of the environment. People were aware of the importance of working with nature. She was inclined to downplay the importance of her own role in the affair. The manual stresses the importance of regular maintenance. The overseas markets have now declined in importance. The railways were of crucial importance in opening up the American West. The town’s importance lies in the richness and quality of its architecture. These finds have considerable archaeological importance. This information is of the first importance. To what objectives do you attach most importance? a figure of crucial importance in the history of design an area of enormous importance for wildlife differences in the perceived importance of the different subjects in the curriculum the declining importance of manufacturing industry the importance placed on cleanliness the importance to the country of a healthy economy the symbolic importance of iron in German culture He was very aware of his own importance. It’s a matter of the greatest importance to me. State your reasons in order of importance.
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