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noun [singular/uncountable] significance pronunciation in British English /sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns/
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  1. 1
    the importance that something has because it affects other things
    significance of:

    the historical significance of these events

    be of great/little etc significance:

    I do not think this case is really of great significance.

    significance for:

    changes that have enormous significance for the medical profession

    appreciate/grasp the significance of something:

    Few observers appreciated the immense political significance of this development.

  2. 2
    the meaning of something, usually a special meaning or a meaning that is not obvious
    significance of:

    I didn’t realize the true significance of this comment at the time.

    significance for:

    It was a gesture that had some significance for his supporters.



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