• essential

    "It is imperative that you come here right now."

  • Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.

    "imperative orders"

  • (computing theory) Having a semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
  • (grammar) of, or relating to the imperative mood


  • (uncountable, grammar) The grammatical mood expressing an order (see jussive). In English, the imperative form of a verb is the same as that of the bare infinitive.

    "The verbs in sentences like "Do it!" and "Say what you like!" are in the imperative."

  • (countable) An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.

    "Visiting Berlin is an imperative."

  • (countable, grammar) A verb in imperative mood.

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