significant


significant
sig|nif|i|cant
W1S3 [sıgˈnıfıkənt] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of significare; SIGNIFY]
1.) having an important effect or influence, especially on what will happen in the future
His most significant political achievement was the abolition of the death penalty.
Please inform us if there are any significant changes in your plans.
significant for
The result is highly significant for the future of the province.
it is significant that
It is significant that the writers of the report were all men.
2.) large enough to be noticeable or have noticeable effects
A significant number of drivers fail to keep to speed limits.
A significant part of Japan's wealth is invested in the West.
There is a significant difference between the number of home births now and ten years ago.
The rise in temperature is not statistically significant.
3.) a significant look, smile etc has a special meaning that is not known to everyone
He gave me a significant look.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Significant — Sig*nif i*cant, a. [L. significans, antis, p. pr. of significare. See {Signify}.] 1. Fitted or designed to signify or make known somethingl having a meaning; standing as a sign or token; expressive or suggestive; as, a significant word or sound;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • significant — 1570s, from L. significant , stem of significans, prp. of significare (see SIGNIFY (Cf. signify)). Earlier in the same sense was significative (c.1400). Related: Significantly. Significant other (n.) attested by 1961, in psychology, the most… …   Etymology dictionary

  • significant — [adj1] telling, meaningful cogent, compelling, convincing, denoting, eloquent, expressing, expressive, facund, forceful, heavy, important, indicative, knowing, meaning, momentous, powerful, pregnant, representative, rich, sententious, serious,… …   New thesaurus

  • significant — [sig nif′əkənt] adj. [L significans, prp. of significare, to SIGNIFY] 1. a) having or expressing a meaning b) full of meaning 2. important; momentous 3. having or conveying a special or hidden meaning; suggestive …   English World dictionary

  • Significant — Sig*nif i*cant, n. That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • significant — index central (essential), consequential (substantial), considerable, constructive (creative), critical ( …   Law dictionary

  • significant — *expressive, meaningful, pregnant, eloquent, sententious Analogous words: cogent, telling, convincing, compelling, *valid, sound: forcible, forceful, *powerful: important, momentous, weighty (see corresponding nouns at IMPORTANCE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • significant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extensive or important enough to merit attention. 2) having an unstated meaning; indicative of something. DERIVATIVES significantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • significant — 01. I have noticed a [significant] improvement in Teddy s attitude since you had a talk with him. 02. I wonder what the [significance] of the snake is on the Mexican flag. 03. Mahatma Gandhi once said that whatever one does will be… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • significant — adjective 1 having an important effect or influence, especially on what will happen in the future: His most significant political achievement was the abolition of the death penalty. | Please inform us if there are any significant changes in your… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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