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1. The quality or condition of being important; significance.
2. Personal status; standing: people of great importance.
3. Obsolete Meaning; import.
4. Obsolete Importunity.
Synonyms: importance, consequence, significance, import, weight
These nouns refer to the state or quality of being significant, influential, or worthy of note or esteem. Importance is the most general term: the importance of a proper diet. Consequence is especially applicable to persons or things of notable rank or position (scholars of consequence) and to what is important because of its possible outcome, result, or effect (tax laws of consequence to investors). Significance and import refer to the quality of something that gives it special meaning or value: an event of real significance; works of great social import. Weight suggests seriousness or authority: "The popular faction at Rome ... was led by men of weight" (J.A. Froude).


1. the state of being important; significance
2. social status; standing; esteem: a man of importance.
3. obsolete
a. meaning or signification
b. an important matter
c. importunity


(ɪmˈpɔr tns)

1. the quality or state of being important; significance.
2. Obs. an important matter.
3. Obs. importunity.
4. Obs. import; meaning.
syn: importance, consequence, significance, moment refer to something valuable, influential, or worthy of note. importance is the most general of these terms, assigning exceptional value or influence to a person or thing: the importance of Einstein's discoveries. consequence may suggest personal distinction, or may suggest importance based on results to be produced: a woman of consequence in world affairs; an event of great consequence for our future. significance carries the implication of importance not readily or immediately recognized: The significance of the discovery became clear many years later. moment, on the other hand, usu. refers to immediately apparent, self-evident importance: an international treaty of great moment.




  1. Brittle and meaningless as cocktail party patter —William Brammer
  2. His influence … it is like burning a … candle at Dover to show light at Calais —Samuel Johnson

    Had Johnson been an American living in America instead of an Englishman living in England, his comment on Thomas Sheridan’s influence on English literature might well have illustrated with “A candle in New York to show light in Boston.”

  3. Hollow as the (ghastly) amiabilities of a college reunion —Raymond M. Weaver
  4. Impact [of information] … as thin as gold —Raymond Chandler
  5. (About as) important as a game of golf to an astronomer —Anon
  6. Important as mathematics to an engineer —Anon
  7. Inconsequential … like the busy work that grade school teachers devise to keep children out of mischief —Ann Petry
  8. Insignifacnt as the canals of Mars —Frank Conroy
  9. Its loss would be incalculable … like losing the Mona Lisa —Dr. Paul Parks, New York Times, August 23, 1986 on potential death of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee
  10. Meaningful as love —Kenneth Patchen
  11. Meaningless, like publishing a book of your opinions with a vanity press —Scott Spencer
  12. Of no more importance than a flea or a louse —Boris Pasternak

    In the novel, Doctor Zhivago, a character uses this simile to compare a wife to workers.

  13. Seemed scarcely to concern us, like fairy tales or cautionary fables that are not to be taken literally or to heart —Joan Chase
  14. Shallow as a pie pan —Anon
  15. [A speech] shallow as time —Thomas Carlyle
  16. Uneventful as theory —A. R. Ammons
  17. Worthless as withered weeds —Emily Bronte
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.importance - the quality of being important and worthy of noteimportance - the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the importance of a well-balanced diet"
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
big deal - anything of great importance or consequence
magnitude - relative importance; "a problem of the first magnitude"
account - importance or value; "a person of considerable account"; "he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance"
momentousness - utmost importance
prominence - relative importance
greatness, illustriousness - the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence
significance - the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
essentiality, essentialness - basic importance
urgency - pressing importance requiring speedy action; "the urgency of his need"
weightiness, weight - the relative importance granted to something; "his opinion carries great weight"; "the progression implied an increasing weightiness of the items listed"
unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note
2.importance - a prominent status; "a person of importance"
standing - social or financial or professional status or reputation; "of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
emphasis, accent - special importance or significance; "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"
primacy - the state of being first in importance


2. prestige, standing, status, rule, authority, influence, distinction, esteem, prominence, supremacy, mastery, dominion, eminence, ascendancy, pre-eminence, mana (N.Z.) He was too puffed up with his own importance to accept the verdict.


The quality or state of being important:
tầm quan trọng


[ɪmˈpɔːtəns] Nimportancia f
to be of great/little importanceser de gran/escasa importancia, tener mucha/poca importancia
to attach great importance to sthconceder or dar mucha importancia a algo
to be of no importancecarecer de importancia, no tener importancia
to be full of one's own importancedarse ínfulas, creerse muy importante
to be of some importanceser de cierta importancia, tener cierta importancia


[ɪmˈpɔːrtəns] nimportance f
to be of great importance → avoir beaucoup d'importance
to be of great importance to sb → compter beaucoup pour qn
to be of little importance → avoir peu d'importance
a man of some importance → un homme qui compte
someone of importance
Was he related to anyone of importance? → Avait-il une parenté avec une personne importante?


nWichtigkeit f; (= significance also)Bedeutung f; (= influence also)Einfluss m; I don’t see the importance of thisich verstehe nicht, warum das wichtig sein soll; to be of great importanceäußerst wichtig sein; to be of no (great) importancenicht (besonders) wichtig sein; to be without importanceunwichtig sein; to attach the greatest importance to somethingeiner Sache (dat)größten Wert or größte Wichtigkeit beimessen; a man of importanceein wichtiger or einflussreicher Mann; to be full of one’s own importanceganz von seiner eigenen Wichtigkeit erfüllt sein


[ɪmˈpɔːtns] nimportanza
to attach great importance to sth → dare or attribuire molta importanza a qc
to be of great/little importance → essere molto/poco importante


(imˈpoːtənt) adjective
(negative unimportant) having great value, influence or effect. an important book/person/occasion; It is important that you arrive here on time.
imˈportantly adverb
imˈportance noun
matters of great importance.


أَهَمِّيَةٌ důležitost vigtighed Wichtigkeit σημασία importancia tärkeys importance važnost importanza 重要性 중요성 belangrijkheid betydning znaczenie importância важность vikt ความสำคัญ önem tầm quan trọng 重要性


n. importancia.
References in classic literature ?
Davis knew any quantity of Greek, Latin, algebra, and ologies of all sorts so he was called a fine teacher, and manners, morals, feelings, and examples were not considered of any particular importance.
A desire to impress the mind of his companion with the importance of the resolution he had made came over him and he nod- ded his head toward the house.
It was a matter of the utmost importance to him never to be seen in his blue trousers away from his train.
He spoke with an animation and earnestness that gave an exaggerated importance to every syllable he uttered.
Then recollecting the importance of securing the fugitive, he dashed aside the surrounding bushes, and pressed eagerly forward to lend his aid in the chase.
Finding the great king beyond the water disappointed in his expectations, and conscious of the importance of the Long Knife, and their own wretchedness, some of the nations immediately desired peace; to which, at present, they seem universally disposed, and are sending ambassadors to General Clark, at the Falls of the Ohio, with the minutes of their Councils, a specimen of which, in the minutes of the Piankashaw Council, is subjoined.
Neither had success as yet affected their boyish simplicity and the frankness of old frontier habits; they played with their new-found riches with the naive delight of children, and rehearsed their glowing future with the importance and triviality of school-boys.
This impalpable claim, therefore, resulted in nothing more solid than to cherish, from generation to generation, an absurd delusion of family importance, which all along characterized the Pyncheons.
Nor must we forget the captains of the rusty little schooners that bring firewood from the British provinces; a rough-looking set of tarpaulins, without the alertness of the Yankee aspect, but contributing an item of no slight importance to our decaying trade.
The schoolmaster is generally a man of some importance in the female circle of a rural neighborhood; being considered a kind of idle, gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste and accomplishments to the rough country swains, and, indeed, inferior in learning only to the parson.
said the lady; which, as our friend immediately left us again, was the only other word of importance contributed to the subject till, the next night, by the corner of the hearth, in the best chair, he opened the faded red cover of a thin old-fashioned gilt-edged album.
I was already aware that in the whaling business they paid no wages; but all hands, including the captain, received certain shares of the profits called lays, and that these lays were proportioned to the degree of importance pertaining to the respective duties of the ship's company.