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im·por·tant

important

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm por tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having great meaning or value.
Buddha's teachings have been important to many people.
antonyms:
insignificant, minor, slight, small, trivial, unimportant
similar words:
big, critical, crucial, essential, major, material, serious, vital
definition 2: powerful or having great influence.
The mayor of our city is an important woman.
synonyms:
eminent, influential, major, prominent
antonyms:
unimportant
similar words:
big, distinguished, esteemed, high, principal, respected, worthy
derivation: importantly (adv.)
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The word important contains the following parts:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."
port Latin root that means carry
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.