- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
Origin of imperative
OTHER WORDS FROM imperative
Words nearby imperative
What does imperative mean?
In English grammar, we use mood to categorize verb forms by the attitude the speaker has toward what they are saying. The imperative mood is used when you are asking (or demanding) someone to do something, as with commands, directions, invitations, and warnings. For example, Don’t go into the woods at night.
Imperative is also used to describe something as being absolutely necessary, as in It is imperative that we make it to the airport by noon, or we will miss our flight.
And imperative is used to mean a command or important obligation, as in Helping my brother is an imperative that cannot be ignored.
Why is imperative important?
The first records of imperative come from around 1520. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb imperāre, meaning “to order” or “to command.”
In most imperative sentences, the subject of the sentence is understood to be “you,” meaning the person that the speaker is talking to, as in (You,) Pass me the salt. The exception to this is when the speaker wants to include themselves in an imperative sentence, as in Let’s go to the beach!
Did you know … ?
When using imperative sentences, you don’t need to be overly demanding or aggressive to make your point. Beginning a command with please can help your listener be more willing to follow your directions.
What are real-life examples of imperative?
Most GPS programs and apps use imperative sentences when giving directions.
Imperative is a common word that describes something as being really important or necessary. The imperative mood is also commonly used.
The equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is more than a moral imperative: It is key to solve the most pressing public health emergency of our time.
IFRC is launching a new plan to support the immunization of 500 million people.
— IFRC (@ifrc) February 4, 2021
One of the last things Erin and I talked about was the imperative to make people understand that when you see people in distress, you do not call the cops. When you see people in distress on social media, do not flag their accounts. These systems only make things worse.
— s. e. smith (@sesmith) July 8, 2021
What other words are related to imperative?
Which of the following sentences uses the imperative mood?
A. Do we need to work together?
B. I want you to bring me that stack of papers.
C. Take a left at the next intersection.
How to use imperative in a sentence
Therefore, having the most comprehensive view of the search landscape and all its nuances is imperative to driving success and making the most informed decisions possible.
Reimagining community safety, defunding police, confronting the worst of what “law enforcement” does — these are not new moral imperatives.
I love how they’re portrayed in the Locked Tomb and how imperative they are to the narrative.How Gideon the Ninth author Tamsyn Muir queers the space opera|Constance Grady|February 5, 2021|Vox
It is imperative that the previous Administration’s shortcomings are swiftly identified and rectified to save lives in the months before coronavirus vaccinations are available for all Americans.House Democrats Launch Investigation of OSHA, Meat Plants Over COVID-19 Outbreaks|Abigail Abrams|February 2, 2021|Time
There are many roots of distrust around Covid-19 vaccines, but it feels imperative to put them in the context of Pakistan’s recent history.How the CIA’s fake vaccine program in Pakistan helped fuel the anti-vax movement|Hala Iqbal|February 1, 2021|Vox
Moreover, for America there is a fundamental imperative to act.
For Reid, the imperative has to be confirming as many of the 34 district court nominees that are in the pipeline as possible.What If the United States Had No Attorney General?|Eleanor Clift|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that very same Roosevelt no doubt still believed it was imperative for us to make America “fairly radical for a generation.”
Many lessons and commentaries are in the imperative voice, but not all.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer|James A. Warren|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
None of it has lessened my belief in Zionism or the imperative of Israel as a home and sanctuary for Jews.
Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Nature, ever buoyant and imperative, does her best to remedy the ills created by "Man's inhumanity to Man."Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
For it was mother Martha and not her daughter who had obeyed Mrs. Cecil's imperative: "Come here!"Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Let nothing, but the most imperative duty, call you out upon your reception day.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Only an hour was given to St. Albans, much less than we had planned, but our late start made it imperative that we move onward.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for imperative
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
Derived forms of imperativeimperatively, adverbimperativeness, noun
Word Origin for imperative
Cultural definitions for imperative
A grammatical category describing verbs that command or request: “Leave town by tonight”; “Please hand me the spoon.”