significance

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sig•nif•i•cance /sɪgˈnɪfɪkəns/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. importance;
    consequence:an election of great significance to the country.
  2. meaning.
See -sign-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sig•nif•i•cance  (sig nifi kəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. importance;
    consequence:the significance of the new treaty.
  2. meaning;
    import:The familiar place had a new significance for her.
  3. the quality of being significant or having a meaning:to give significance to dull chores.
  • Latin significantia force, meaning, equivalent. to significant- (see significant) + -ia -ia; see -ance
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English ( 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged moment, weight. See  importance. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  meaning. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged triviality.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
significance /sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns/ n
  1. consequence or importance
  2. something signified, expressed, or intended
  3. the state or quality of being significant
  4. a measure of the confidence that can be placed in a result, esp a substantive causal hypothesis, as not being merely a matter of chance
  5. (as modifier)
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Collocations: is of [minor, major, great, special] significance, is of [social, cultural, statistical, political] significance, is of no significance [at all, whatsoever, in the slightest, to you], more...

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