• (RP) IPA: /ɪmˈpɔːtənt/, [ɪmˈpʰɔːʔn̩t]
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪmˈpɔɹtənt/, [ɪmˈpʰɔɹʔn̩t]
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /ɪmˈpo(ː)ɹtənt/, [ɪmˈpʰo(ː)ɹtn̩t], [ɪmˈpʰɔɹʔɪ̃nt̚]
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /ɪmˈpo.tənt/, [ɪmˈpʰoətn̩t]


  1. Having relevant and crucial value.
    It is very important to give your daughter independence in her life so she learns from experience.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
    • 1988, Robert Ferro, Second Son:
      For this was the most important thing, that when a person felt strongly about an issue in life, it mustn’t be ignored by others; for if it was, everything subsequent to it would turn out badly, even though there should seem to be no direct connection.
  2. (obsolete) Pompous; self-important.
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