|1.||[ adjective ] of great significance or value|
"important people" "the important questions of the day"
|Related terms:||unimportant big distinguished chief cardinal serious all-important all-important arch useful strategic most-valuable measurable most-valuable beta in-chief Copernican consequential alpha historic in-chief burning grave significant valuable essential importance|
|2.||[ adjective ] important in effect or meaning|
"a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant"
|Related terms:||insignificant big noteworthy noteworthy large portentous earthshaking evidential fundamental head operative monumental probative epochal meaningful significance|
|3.||[ adjective ] of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis|
"a crucial moment in his career" "a crucial election" "a crucial issue for women"
|Related terms:||noncrucial critical life-and-death pivotal essential decisive critical|
|4.||[ adjective ] having authority or ascendancy or influence|
"an important official" "the captain's authoritative manner"
|5.||[ adjective ] having or suggesting a consciousness of high position|
"recited the decree with an important air" "took long important strides in the direction of his office"