1 adj A significant amount or effect is large enough to be important or affect a situation to a noticeable degree.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: insignificant)
A small but significant number of 11-year-olds are illiterate., ...foods that offer a significant amount of protein...
significantly adv ADV with v, ADV adj/adv/prep
The number of MPs now supporting him had increased significantly...
2 adj A significant fact, event, or thing is one that is important or shows something. I think it was significant that he never knew his own father.
significantly adv Significantly, the company recently opened a huge store in Atlanta.
significant other ( significant others plural ) If you refer to your significant other, you are referring to your wife, husband, or the person you are having a relationship with. n-count
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