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important

[im-pawr-tnt]
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adjective
  1. of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  2. mattering much (usually followed 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. Obsolete. importunate.
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Origin of important

1580–90; < Medieval Latin important- (stem of importāns present participle of importāre to be of consequence, weigh, Latin: to carry in, import), equivalent to im- im-1 + port- port5 + -ant- -ant; see import
Related formsim·por·tant·ly, adverbhalf-im·por·tant, adjectivehalf-im·por·tant·ly, adverbpre·im·por·tant, adjectivepre·im·por·tant·ly, adverbqua·si-im·por·tant, adjectivequa·si-im·por·tant·ly, adverbsu·per·im·por·tant, adjectivesu·per·im·por·tant·ly, adverbun·im·por·tant, adjectiveun·im·por·tant·ly, adverb

Usage note

Both more important and more importantly occur at the beginning of a sentence in all varieties of standard English: More important (or More importantly), her record as an administrator is unmatched. Today, more importantly is the more common, even though some object to its use on the grounds that more important is an elliptical form of “What is more important” and that the adverb importantly could not occur in such a construction. More importantly probably developed by analogy with other sentence-modifying adverbs, as curiously, fortunately, and regrettably.
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Examples from the Web for importantly

Contemporary Examples of importantly

Historical Examples of importantly

  • "That's all Gladys ever has," Mary Rose told him importantly.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • "You shall learn, you shall learn, little sister," said Yakoff importantly.

  • And somehow Crewe seemed to bulk most importantly at that moment.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

  • “Physical conformation of the road,” said Smith importantly.

    Blue Jackets

    George Manville Fenn

  • “Polly makes this herself on purpose for us,” said Mercer importantly.

    Burr Junior

    G. Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for importantly

important

adjective
  1. of great significance or value; outstandingVoltaire is an important writer
  2. of social significance; notable; eminent; esteemedan important man in the town
  3. (when postpositive, usually foll by to) specially relevant or of great concern (to); valued highly (by)your wishes are important to me
  4. an obsolete word for importunate
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Derived Formsimportantly, adverb

Word Origin for important

C16: from Old Italian importante, from Medieval Latin importāre to signify, be of consequence, from Latin: to carry in; see import

usage

The use of more importantly as in more importantly, the local council is opposed to this proposal has become very common, but many people still prefer to use more important
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Word Origin and History for importantly

important

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French important and directly from Medieval Latin importantem (nominative importans), present participle of importare "be significant in," from Latin importare "bring in" (see import). Related: Importantly.

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