Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pivotal - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective pivotal pronunciation in American English /ˈpɪvət(ə)l/
  1. 1
    extremely important and affecting how something develops
    a pivotal moment in the history of the Egyptian state
    He played a pivotal role in the negotiations.
    a pivotal figure/player in U.S. politics
    pivotal to: He sees these reforms as pivotal to our economic interests in Asia.
    Synonyms and related words

derived word

pivotally

adverb
Synonyms and related words

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog