- of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
- mattering much (usually followed by to): details important to a fair decision.
- entitled to more than ordinary consideration or notice: an important exception.
- prominent or large: He played an important part in national politics.
- of considerable influence or authority, as a person or position: an important scientist.
- having social position or distinction, as a person or family: important guests.
- pompous; pretentious: When speaking, he assumes an important attitude that offends his audience.
- Obsolete. importunate.
Origin of important
Related Words for importantlyparticularly, chiefly, mostly, largely, generally, notably, basically, predominantly, importantly, necessarily, originally, approximately, truly, permanently, virtually, substantially, actually, typically, quite, really
Examples from the Web for importantly
Contemporary Examples of importantly
There was so much beauty, talent, potential, and most importantly, honesty in your work.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Most importantly, they were all deleted long before that percentage could rise any higher.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
And, perhaps most importantly, you will find a roving cast of characters—the employees of distillery.Ester Elchies, The Estate Built By Whiskey
December 10, 2014
And, most importantly, homicide was at an historic low, meaning more lives were being saved.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
Importantly, as part of the interim plan, Iran has diluted or converted its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium.Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace
November 23, 2014
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.The Book of All-Power
And somehow Crewe seemed to bulk most importantly at that moment.Jack O' Judgment
“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
- of great significance or value; outstandingVoltaire is an important writer
- of social significance; notable; eminent; esteemedan important man in the town
- (when postpositive, usually foll by to) specially relevant or of great concern (to); valued highly (by)your wishes are important to me
- an obsolete word for importunate
Word Origin for important
Word Origin and History for importantly
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.