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adjective     important pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    something that is important has a major effect on someone or something, for example because it affects someone’s 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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  2. 2
    important people have a lot of influence or power

    We can’t afford to lose such an important customer.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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