importance

noun
ADJECTIVE
cardinal, central, considerable, critical, crucial, enormous, extreme, fundamental, great, high, immense, key, major, outstanding (esp. BrE), overriding, overwhelming, paramount, particular, profound, real, special, supreme, tremendous, vital
first, greatest, highest, primary, prime, utmost

This information is of the first importance.

It is of the utmost importance that you arrive on time.

growing, increased, increasing
declining

the declining importance of manufacturing industry

lesser, limited, marginal, minor, secondary
general
added
immediate
continued, continuing, lasting
equal
relative
intrinsic
obvious
perceived

differences in the perceived importance of the different subjects in the curriculum

potential
public
international, national
practical
theoretical
symbolic

the symbolic importance of iron in German culture

archaeological, commercial, constitutional, cultural, ecological, economic, environmental, historic, historical, legal, military, political, social, strategic
VERB + IMPORTANCE
have

These finds have considerable scientific importance.

assume, take on

Education takes on an added importance at a time of economic uncertainty.

grow in, increase in, rise in
decline in, diminish in, fall in

The overseas markets have now declined in importance.

attach, give sth, place

To what objectives do you attach most importance?

the importance placed on cleanliness

accept, acknowledge, appreciate, be aware of, grasp, learn, note, realize, recognize, see, understand

People were aware of the importance of working with nature.

demonstrate, illustrate, indicate, point to, reflect, show, suggest

Figure 2.2 shows the relative importance of the different service industries.

affirm, assert, reaffirm, reiterate
deny, discount, dismiss

I don't discount the importance of theory, but I am really concerned with practice.

confirm, reinforce
draw attention to, emphasize, highlight, point out, promote, stress, underline, underscore (esp. AmE)

The manual stresses the importance of regular maintenance.

diminish, downplay, minimize, play down (esp. BrE)

She was inclined to downplay the importance of her own role in the affair.

exaggerate, overemphasize, overestimate, overstate
underestimate

Don't underestimate the importance of good presentation.

increase
reduce
assess, consider, discuss, evaluate
explain
doubt, cast doubt on, question, throw doubt on

No one can seriously question the political importance of the environment.

forget, ignore, overlook
IMPORTANCE + VERB
lie in sth

The town's importance lies in the richness and quality of its architecture.

PREPOSITION
of … importance

a figure of crucial importance in the history of design

importance for

an area of enormous importance for wildlife

importance to

the importance to the country of a healthy economy

PHRASES
in order of importance

Deal with the issues in order of importance.

a matter of grave importance, a matter of great importance, a matter of importance

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