Meaning of IMPORTANCE in English


im ‧ por ‧ tance S3 W1 /ɪmˈpɔːt ə ns $ -ɔːr-/ BrE AmE noun [singular, uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ importance ; adverb : ↑ importantly ; adjective : ↑ important ≠ ↑ unimportant ]

the quality of being important

the importance of something

the importance of regular exercise

I agree about the importance of these proposals (=the reasons why they are important) .

of importance

They make decisions about various matters of importance (=important matters) .

He was full of his own importance (=he behaved in an annoying way which showed that he thought he was very important) .

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■ verbs

▪ have importance

This is an issue that has importance for all of us.

▪ attach importance to something (=think it is important)

She attached great importance to loyalty.

▪ recognize/realize the importance of something

We all recognize the importance of his work.

▪ emphasize/stress the importance of something

I'd like to emphasize the importance of reading exam questions carefully.

▪ assume importance (=become important)

The town assumed importance once it was connected to the rail system.

▪ lose its importance

The island lost its importance when trade routes changed.

▪ exceed something in importance formal (=be more important than something else)

For him, winning Wimbledon exceeded all other tournaments in importance.

■ adjectives

▪ great/considerable/enormous importance

Crime rates have great importance for the government.


Some people attach enormous importance to personal wealth.

▪ vital/crucial/critical importance (=very great )

This research is of vital importance.

▪ central/fundamental importance

The central importance of interest rates is widely recognized.

▪ particular importance

Tourism has particular importance in some regions.

▪ equal importance

When applying for a job, qualifications and experience are often of equal importance.

▪ relative importance

We discussed the relative importance of these different sources of revenue.

▪ growing/increasing importance

the growing importance of the Internet as a source of information

▪ economic/political importance

The role of the police has great political importance.

▪ local/national importance

Crime is an issue of national importance.

▪ practical importance (=related to things that happen, rather than just ideas)

Science has long been of practical importance to civilization as a whole.

■ phrases

▪ a sense/feeling of importance (=a feeling that you are an important person)

Sitting behind the big desk gave her a feeling of importance.

▪ be of little/no importance

Where the money came from is of no importance.

▪ be of the utmost importance/be of paramount importance (=be extremely important)

It is of the utmost importance that this matter is kept confidential.

▪ be of primary importance formal (=be the most important thing)

Finishing the project on time is of primary importance.

▪ be of secondary importance formal (=be less important than another thing)

Sometimes we forget that the media coverage of a sport is actually of secondary importance to the event itself.

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▪ importance the quality of being important:

the importance of cleanliness in preventing infections


He may have been an evil tyrant, but you cannot deny his importance in world history.

▪ significance the importance of an event, action etc, especially because of the effects or influence it will have in the future:

The significance of the discovery was not understood until years later.


9/11 was an event of global significance.

▪ value the importance and usefulness or something:

The athletes talked to the students about the value of a college education.


Such methods are of little value.

▪ prominence the fact of being important and well-known:

He first came to prominence (=became well-known ) in the 1990s.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.