significance

noun
ADJECTIVE
considerable, cosmic, deep, enormous, great, historic, immense, major, profound, real
broader, full, general, universal, wider

The scientists are cautious about the wider significance of their findings.

limited, minor (esp. BrE)
particular, special
potential
real, true

They failed to appreciate the true significance of these discoveries.

functional, practical, statistical, strategic, symbolic, theoretical
cultural, economic, historical, moral, political, religious, social, spiritual
VERB + SIGNIFICANCE
have

The ceremony has great symbolic significance.

acquire, assume, gain, take on

Suddenly the relationship took on a new significance.

attach

Let us not attach too much significance to these meetings.

assess, determine
appreciate, be aware of, grasp, recognize, understand
exaggerate
downplay (esp. AmE), minimize, play down (esp. BrE), underestimate
SIGNIFICANCE + VERB
lie in sth

The significance of this lies in the fact that he had previously denied all knowledge of the fund.

attach to sth

Does any significance attach to the use of the technical terms?

PREPOSITION
significance for, significance to

a meal that has particular significance for a Jewish family

of significance

a policy of special significance to women

PHRASES
be of little, no, etc. significance

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