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important

im·por·tant

important

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm por tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having relatively great significance or value.
Voting rights is an important issue.It's important to change your car's oil at regular intervals.
synonyms:
consequential, great, significant
antonyms:
immaterial, insignificant, light, little, minor, petty, slight, small, trifling, trivial, unimportant
similar words:
big, critical, crucial, essential, major, material, operative, pivotal, real, salient, seminal, serious, substantial, vital
definition 2: having consequence; consequential.
Which college to attend is an important decision.
synonyms:
consequential, significant, weighty
antonyms:
inconsequential, petty, silly, unimportant
similar words:
big, crucial, material, momentous, pivotal, real, serious
definition 3: having relatively great influence or authority.
The judge in the case is an important person in the town.
synonyms:
eminent, influential, major, notable, prominent
antonyms:
unimportant
similar words:
big, distinguished, esteemed, high, leading, preeminent, prestigious, principal, respected, worthy
definition 4: being notable; noteworthy.
The skyscraper is an important landmark of the city.
synonyms:
considerable, notable, noteworthy, remarkable
antonyms:
minor
similar words:
big, conspicuous, eminent, major, memorable, prominent, salient
derivation: importantly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word important contains the following parts:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.