Synonyms of important
1 significantDictionary • an important economic challenge to the government
significant • It is the first drug that seems to have a significant effect on this disease.
critical • The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign.
substantial • That is a very substantial improvement in the current situation.
grave • He says the situation in his country is very grave.
urgent • There is an urgent need for food and water.
serious • I regard this as a serious matter.
material • The company failed to disclose material information.
meaningful • a meaningful and constructive dialogue
far-reaching • far-reaching reforms on human rights
momentous • the momentous decision to send in the troops
weighty • Surely such weighty matters merit a higher level of debate?
salient • He read the salient facts quickly.
2 valuedDictionary • Her sons are the most important thing in her life. often with to
valued • a valued member of the team
prized • his most prized possession
dear • Mrs Cavendish is a dear friend of mine.
valuable • She was a valuable friend and an excellent teacher.
precious • her most precious possession
3 powerfulDictionary • an important figure in the media world
powerful • You're a powerful woman - people will listen to you.
leading • Britain's future as a leading industrial nation depends on investment.
prominent • a prominent member of the Law Society
outstanding • an outstanding tennis player
dominant • controlled by the dominant class
influential • one of the most influential books ever written
notable • the notable occultist, Madame Blavatsky
eminent • an eminent public figure
major league (informal)
noteworthy • None of these buildings are noteworthy for their architecture.
4 mainDictionary • The important thing is that you rest.
main • My main concern now is to protect the children.
major • Exercise has a major part to play in combating disease.
chief • Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce.
head • I had the head man out from the gas company.
prime • Political stability is a prime concern.
central • The Poll Tax was a central part of Mrs Thatcher's reform of local government.
necessary • Is your journey really necessary?
basic • shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs
essential • It is absolutely essential that we find this man quickly.
premier • the country's premier opera company
primary • the primary cause of the disease
vital • a blockade which could cut off vital oil and gas supplies
crucial (informal) • the most crucial election campaign in years
supreme • He proposes to make himself the supreme overlord.
principal • Their principal concern is that of winning the next election.
paramount • The welfare of the children must be of paramount importance.
foremost • He was one of the world's foremost scholars.
pre-eminent • He is the pre-eminent political figure in the country.
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basicBasic goods and services are very simple ones which every human being needs. You can also refer to people's basic needs for such goods and services.
• shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs
• The Poll Tax was a central part of Mrs Thatcher's reform of local government.
chiefThe chief cause, part, or member of something is the most important one.
• Financial stress is acknowledged as a chief reason for divorce. • The job went to one of his chief rivals.
Thesaurus for important from the Collins English Thesaurus
of great significance or value; outstanding