significant


significant
[[t]sɪgnɪ̱fɪkənt[/t]]
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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 number are illiterate.

...foods that offer a significant amount of protein...

It is the first drug that seems to have a very significant effect on this disease.

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significantly ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj/adv/prep

The number of MPs now supporting him had increased significantly...

America's airlines have significantly higher productivity than European ones.

2) ADJ-GRADED A significant fact, event, or thing is one that is important or shows something.

Time would appear to be the significant factor in this whole drama.

...a very significant piece of legislation...

I think it was significant that he never knew his own father.

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significantly ADV-GRADED

Significantly, the company recently opened a huge store in Atlanta.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A significant action or gesture is intended to have a special meaning.

Mrs Bycraft gave Rose a significant glance.

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significantly ADV-GRADED ADV after v

She looked up at me significantly, raising an eyebrow.


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