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Definition of important adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    important

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ɪmˈpɔrtnt//
     
     
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  1. 1 having a great effect on people or things; of great value an important decision/factor I have an important announcement to make. Money played an important role in his life. Listening is an important part of the job. one of the most important collections of American art It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions. It is important that he attend every day. It is important for him to attend every day. important (to somebody) It's very important to me that you should be there. The important thing is to keep trying. Language Bankemphasishighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, how effectively you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully:in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
  2. 2(of a person) having great influence or authority an important member of the team He likes to feel important.
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adverb More importantly, can he be trusted? She was sitting importantly behind a big desk.
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