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Definition of important adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    important

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːtnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrtnt//
     
     
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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. (British English) It is important that he should 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, the effectiveness with which 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin 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 He made me feel important by asking me lots of questions about myself. It’s important for you to understand this. Several factors make this painting uniquely important. Someone left a message for you—it sounded important. Spending time with my children is important to me. The work of the intelligence services was crucially important to victory in the war. These ideas are considered enormously important. These two factors are equally important. This is most important: you must deliver the letter to Johnson himself. This is what makes our work so important. an internationally important site for these rare birds historically important buildings Her management experience was an important factor in our decision to appoint her. It is important for him to attend every day. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. It is one of the most important collections of American art. It’s very important to me that you should be there. Many disabled people do now hold important jobs in industry. She is an important member of the team. The important thing is to keep trying. The media are important in forming public perceptions.
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