imperative ( imperatives plural )
1 adj If it is imperative that something is done, that thing is extremely important and must be done.
FORMAL usu v-link ADJ
It was imperative that he act as naturally as possible...
2 n-count An imperative is something that is extremely important and must be done.
FORMAL usu with supp
The most important political imperative is to limit the number of US casualties.
3 n-sing In grammar, a clause that is in the imperative, or in the imperative mood, contains the base form of a verb and usually has no subject. Examples are `Go away' and `Please be careful'. Clauses of this kind are typically used to tell someone to do something.
4 n-count An imperative is a verb in the base form that is used, usually without a subject, in an imperative clause.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 compulsory, crucial, essential, exigent, indispensable, insistent, obligatory, pressing, urgent, vital
2 authoritative, autocratic, commanding, dictatorial, domineering, high-handed, imperious, lordly, magisterial, peremptory
1 avoidable, discretional, nonessential, optional, unimportant, unnecessary
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
Add your entry in the Collaborative Dictionary.