significant Definition

  • 1sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy
  • 2having a particular meaning; indicative of something

Using significant: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "significant" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The discovery is a significant breakthrough in medical research.

  • Example

    The company reported a significant increase in profits this quarter.

  • Example

    Her experience was significant in shaping her worldview.

significant Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for significant

Phrases with significant

  • a person with whom someone has an established romantic or sexual relationship


    She's bringing her significant other to the party.

  • a result that is unlikely to have occurred by chance, and therefore can be attributed to a specific cause


    The study found a statistically significant difference between the two groups.

  • the digits in a number that carry meaning contributing to its precision


    In the number 0.00345, the significant digits are 3, 4, and 5.

Origins of significant

from Latin 'significare', meaning 'to signify'


Summary: significant in Brief

The term 'significant' [sɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt] refers to something that is important, noteworthy, or indicative of something. It can describe a discovery, an increase in profits, or an experience that shapes one's worldview. 'Significant' extends into phrases like 'significant other,' referring to a romantic partner, and 'statistically significant,' indicating a result that is unlikely to have occurred by chance.

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