significant

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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,… …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 7 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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 ≠ ↑insignificant ▪ His most… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 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

  • 12 significant — adj. 1) significant for, to 2) significant to + inf. (it was significant to note that the story did not appear in the newspapers) 3) significant that + clause (it is significant that our ambassador was not invited) * * * [sɪg nɪfɪkənt] to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 significant — [[t]sɪgnɪ̱fɪkənt[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A significant amount or effect is large enough to be important or affect a situation to a noticeable degree. Most 11 year olds are not encouraged to develop reading skills; a small but significant …

    English dictionary

  • 14 significant — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ consider sth (as), deem sth, find sth, regard sth as …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 significant — adjective Etymology: Latin significant , significans, present participle of significare to signify Date: 1579 1. having meaning; especially suggestive < a significant glance > 2. a. having or likely to have influence or effect ; important …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 significant — sig|nif|i|cant [ sıg nıfıkənt ] adjective *** 1. ) very large or noticeable: I think we can save a significant amount of time. The increase in enrollment this year is significant. a significant portion of the population 2. ) very important: Davis …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 significant */*/*/ — UK [sɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt] / US adjective 1) very large or noticeable I think we can save a significant amount of time. The increase in enrolment this year is significant. a significant portion of the population 2) very important Davis was one of the most …

    English dictionary

  • 18 significant — significantly, adv. /sig nif i keuhnt/, adj. 1. important; of consequence. 2. having or expressing a meaning; indicative; suggestive: a significant wink. 3. Statistics. of or pertaining to observations that are unlikely to occur by chance and… …

    Universalium

  • 19 significant — adjective /sɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt/ a) Signifying something; carrying meaning. That was a very significant step in the right direction. b) Having a covert or hidden meaning See Also: insignificant, significance, si …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 significant — adjective 1) a significant fact Syn: notable, noteworthy, remarkable, important, of consequence 2) a significant increase Syn: large, considerable, sizeable, appreciable, conspicuous …

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