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Meaning of important

im•por•tant

Pronunciation: (im-pôr'tnt), [key]
— adj.
  1. of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  2. mattering much (usually fol. by to): details important to a fair decision.
  3. entitled to more than ordinary consideration or notice: an important exception.
  4. prominent or large: He played an important part in national politics.
  5. of considerable influence or authority, as a person or position: an important scientist.
  6. having social position or distinction, as a person or family: important guests.
  7. pompous; pretentious: When speaking, he assumes an important attitude that offends his audience.
  8. importunate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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