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 for important
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Important \Im*por"tant\, a. [F. important. See Import, v. t.]
     1. Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great
        interests; restless; anxious. [Obs.]
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              Thou hast strength as much
              As serves to execute a mind very important.
                                                    --Chapman.
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     2. Carrying or possessing weight or consequence; of valuable
        content or bearing; significant; weighty.
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              Things small as nothing . . .
              He makes important.                   --Shak.
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     3. Bearing on; forcible; driving. [Obs.]
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              He fiercely at him flew,
              And with important outrage him assailed. --Spenser.
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     4. Importunate; pressing; urgent. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
     Syn: Weighty; momentous; significant; essential; necessary;
          considerable; influential; serious.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  important
      adj 1: of great significance or value; "important people"; "the
             important questions of the day" [syn: important, of
             import] [ant: unimportant]
      2: important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax
         laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a
         significant contribution"; "significant details";
         "statistically significant" [syn: significant, important]
         [ant: insignificant, unimportant]
      3: of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis;
         "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a
         crucial issue for women" [syn: crucial, important] [ant:
         noncrucial]
      4: having authority or ascendancy or influence; "an important
         official"; "the captain's authoritative manner" [syn:
         authoritative, important]
      5: having or suggesting a consciousness of high position;
         "recited the decree with an important air"; "took long
         important strides in the direction of his office"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "important":
     absolute, arrogant, ascendant, authoritarian, authoritative,
     authorized, autocratic, big, big-league, big-name, big-time,
     bigwig, bigwigged, bloated, charismatic, charming,
     clothed with authority, commanding, competent, consequential,
     considerable, conspicuous, controlling, critical, distinctive,
     distinguished, dominant, double-barreled, duly constituted,
     earthshaking, effective, effectual, efficacious, eminent,
     empowered, enchanting, essential, estimable, ex officio,
     exceptional, famous, first-class, first-rate, foremost, formidable,
     front-page, governing, grand, grave, great, heavyweight, hegemonic,
     hegemonistic, high-powered, high-ranking, imperative, impressive,
     in the limelight, influential, leading, magisterial, magnetic,
     major, marked, material, meaningful, memorable, mighty, momentous,
     monocratic, name, notable, noted, noteworthy, noticeable, official,
     outstanding, personable, persuasive, pontifical, portentous,
     potent, powerful, preeminent, prestigious, prominent, puffy,
     puissant, ranking, remarkable, reputable, respected, ruling,
     salient, self-important, senior, signal, significant, strong,
     stuffy, suasive, substantial, superior, supreme, telling,
     to the front, top-level, top-notch, totalitarian, unusual, urgent,
     valuable, vital, weighty, winning, world-shaking, worthwhile,
     worthy
  
  

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