What is the difference between 'important' and similar words?
While their meanings are relatively similar, their usages are different.
Important vs significant
- It is important to avoid any exposure to the sun until your burns have healed.
- A significant demographic change was the decline of infant mortality at the turn of the century.
Important vs essential
- This will be an important game for me to demonstrate my ability.
- A free press is an essential component of a democratic society.
Important vs crucial
- Have you ever had something important to say but you couldn't find the words?
- Management and cost control will be crucial in deciding success or failure.