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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

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Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA: /ɪmˈpɛɹ.ə.tɪv/

Noun

Singular
imperative

Plural
countable and uncountable; plural imperatives

imperative (countable and uncountable; plural imperatives)

  1. (uncountable, grammar) The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same form as that of its second person ("you") present tense.
    The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative.
  2. (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.
  3. (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.
    Visiting Berlin is an imperative.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

imperative (comparative more imperative, superlative most imperative)

Positive
imperative

Comparative
more imperative

Superlative
most imperative

  1. essential
    It is imperative that you come here right now.
  2. (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.

Translations


Italian

Adjective

imperative pl.

  1. Feminine form of imperativo.

Anagrams


Latin

Alternative forms

  • inperātīvē

Etymology

From imperātīvus (commanded), from imperō (command, order), from im- (form of in) + parō (prepare, arrange; intend).

Adverb

imperātīvē (not comparable)

  1. In an imperative manner, imperatively.

Related terms

References

  • imperative” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879), A Latin Dictionary (Oxford: Clarendon Press)

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