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



    BrE BrE//sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns//
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  1. 1the importance of something, especially when this has an effect on what happens in the future a decision of major political significance The new drug has great significance for the treatment of the disease. They discussed the statistical significance of the results. We should be fully aware of the significance of television in shaping our ideas.
  2. 2the meaning of something She couldn't grasp the full significance of what he had said. Do these symbols have any particular significance? compare insignificance
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting unstated meaning): from Old French, or from Latin significantia, from significare ‘indicate, portend’.Extra examples Let us not attach too much significance to these meetings. Suddenly his son’s relationship with the girl took on a new significance. Suddenly the relationship took on a new significance. The ceremony has great symbolic significance. The scientists are cautious about the wider significance of their findings. The significance of this lies in the fact that he had previously denied all knowledge of the fund. They failed to appreciate the true significance of these discoveries. a meal that has particular significance for a Jewish family a policy of special significance to women She couldn’t grasp the full significance of what he had said. This is a decision of major political significance.
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