im-por-tant / ĭm-pôr-tnt
1. significant, of consequence
Listening is the most difficult skill to learn and the most important to have. African Proverb
2. prominent; influential; widely known and well respected
I suppose it’s part of being a good politician to be able to spot the most important men in any group without outside assistance. Leslie Ford (pseudonym of Zenith Jones Brown), 1898 – 1983
I never, with important air,
In conversation overbear. John Gay, 1685 – 1732
4. particularly relevant or of high value or concern
Reading was very important to me as a kid. Sasha Grey, 1988 –
From the present participle importans, importantis of the Latin verb importo, importatre, importavi, importatus (bring in, import) through the French adjective important (important, large, extensive).
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.