significance

Significance means having the quality of being "significant" — meaningful, important. It also refers to the meaning of something. A certain date might have significance because it's your birthday or the anniversary of Princess Di's wedding.

Significance starts with the word sign for a reason. An item's significance is a sign of its importance. The significance of something can be implicit or explicit — meaning it can be clear or only known with a deeper understanding of the situation. Your perfect score on the Calculus exam might have added significance for people who know that you never even opened your textbook to study.

Definitions of significance
  1. noun
    the quality of being significant
    “do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power”
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    insignificance
    the quality of having little or no significance
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    historicalness
    significance owing to its history
    meaningfulness
    the quality of having great value or significance
    consequence, import, moment
    having important effects or influence
    matter
    (used with negation) having consequence
    purposefulness, sense of purpose
    the quality of having a definite purpose
    hell to pay
    dire consequences
    type of:
    importance
    the quality of being important and worthy of note
  2. noun
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
    “the significance of a red traffic light”
    synonyms: import, meaning, signification
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    lexical meaning
    the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
    grammatical meaning
    the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
    symbolisation, symbolization
    the use of symbols to convey meaning
    sense, signified
    the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
    connotation, intension
    what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
    referent
    something referred to; the object of a reference
    burden, core, effect, essence, gist
    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    intent, purport, spirit
    the intended meaning of a communication
    lesson, moral
    the significance of a story or event
    nicety, nuance, refinement, shade, subtlety
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    overtone
    (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
    point
    a brief version of the essential meaning of something
    acceptation, word meaning, word sense
    the accepted meaning of a word
    antecedent
    the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
    denotatum
    an actual object referred to by a linguistic expression
    designatum
    something (whether existing or not) that is referred to by a linguistic expression
    bottom line
    the decisive point
    crux, crux of the matter
    the most important point
    rallying point
    a point or principle on which scattered or opposing groups can come together
    talking point
    an especially persuasive point helping to support an argument or discussion
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  3. noun
    a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
    “the significance of his remark became clear only later”
    synonyms: implication, import, subtext
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    meaning, substance
    the idea that is intended
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