Important Im*por"tant, a. [F. important. See {Import}, v. t.] 1. Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thou hast strength as much As serves to execute a mind very important. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable content or bearing; significant; weighty. [1913 Webster]

Things small as nothing . . . He makes important. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Bearing on; forcible; driving. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He fiercely at him flew, And with important outrage him assailed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. Importunate; pressing; urgent. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Weighty; momentous; significant; essential; necessary; considerable; influential; serious. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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