Important Definition

Strongly affecting the course of events or the nature of things; significant.
An important message that must get through; close friends who are important to me.
American Heritage
Meaning a great deal; having much significance, consequence, or value.
Webster's New World
Having high social rank or influence; prominent.
Government leaders and other important people.
American Heritage
Having, or acting as if having, power, authority, influence, high position, etc.
Webster's New World
American Heritage

Origin of Important

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin importāns important- present participle of importāre to mean from Latin to import import

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French important, from Latin importans

    From Wiktionary

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