Hypertext Webster Gateway: "important"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Important \Im*por"tant\, a. [F. important. See {Import}, v. t.]
1. Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great
interests; restless; anxious. [Obs.]

Thou hast strength as much As serves to execute a
mind very important. --Chapman.

2. Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable
content or bearing; significant; weighty.

Things small as nothing . . . He makes important.

3. Bearing on; forcible; driving. [Obs.]

He fiercely at him flew, And with important outrage
him assailed. --Spenser.

4. Importunate; pressing; urgent. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Weighty; momentous; significant; essential; necessary;
considerable; influential; serious.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: of great significance or value; "important people"; "the
important questions of the day" [syn: {of import}]
[ant: {unimportant}]
2: important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax
laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a
significant contribution"; "significant details";
"statistically significant" [syn: {significant}] [ant: {insignificant}]
3: of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis;
"a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a
crucial issue for women" [syn: {crucial}] [ant: {noncrucial}]
4: having authority or ascendancy or influence; "an important
official"; "the captain's authoritative manner" [syn: {authoritative}]
5: 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"

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