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Importance, 1) import, meaning: “the wisest beholder could not say if the i. were joy or sorrow,” Wint. V, 2, 20. “in an act of this i. 'twere most piteous to be wild,” II, 1, 181 (or ==consequence, weight?).
2) subject, matter: “it had been pity you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose upon i. of so slight and trivial a nature,” Cymb. I, 4, 45.
3) pressing solicitation, urgent request, importunity: “Maria writ the letter at Sir Toby's great i.” Tw. V, 371. “at our i. hither is he come,” John II, 7.
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