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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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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