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adjective important pronunciation in British English /ɪmˈpɔː(r)t(ə)nt/
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  1. 1
    something that is important has a major effect on someone or something, for example because it affects someones life or the way a situation develops
    Music was an important part of the life of the community.
    important to: Your interest and support are important to your child.
    important for: Winning the game yesterday was important for the team’s morale.
    it is important (that): It is vitally important that they receive all the help available.
    it is important to do something: It is important to stress that the study only involved a small number of people.
    be important in doing something: Information and support are important in helping people deal with serious illness.
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    important people have a lot of influence or power
    We can’t afford to lose such an important customer.


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