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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
im•por•tance /ɪmˈpɔrtns/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the quality or state of being important:the importance of brushing one's teeth every day.
See -port-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
im•por•tance  (im pôrtns), 
  1. the quality or state of being important;
  2. important position or standing;
    personal or social consequence.
  3. consequential air or manner:an air of bustling importance.
  4. [Obs.]an important matter.
  5. [Obs.]importunity.
  6. [Obs.]import or meaning.
  • Medieval Latin importantia. See important, -ance
  • 1495–1505
1 . moment, weight, concern. Importance, consequence, significance, moment all signify something valuable, influential, or worthy of note. Importance is the most general of these, assigning exceptional or notable value or influence to a person or thing:the importance of Einstein's discoveries.Consequence may suggest outstanding personal quality or position, or it may suggest importance because of results to be produced:a woman of consequence in world affairs; an event of great consequence for our future.Significance can be used interchangeably with importance or consequence, but it carries also the implication of importance that is not readily or immediately recognized:The significance of the discovery only became clear years later.Moment, on the other hand, almost always refers to immediately apparent, self-evident importance:a change of great moment for the nation's political system.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

importance /ɪmˈpɔːtəns/ n
  1. the state of being important; significance
  2. social status; standing; esteem: a man of importance
  3. obsolete meaning or signification
  4. an important matter
  5. importunity

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