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When meaning important, do you say "significant *of* something" or "significant *for* something"? Could some native speaker please add an example?

  • It depends. Usually, something is significant to a certain person or situation. Therefore, we discuss the significance of something, and say that it is significant for a certain reason. Hope that helps.

Significantly overused[edit]

"Significant" is one of the most overused jargon words in business writing and journalism. It is generally used either (a) when the writer means "important" but has also used that word too often or (b) when the writer is too lazy to find a meaningful qualifier or quantifier such as a statistic or is writing something too vague to lend itself to quantification. For example, "this project will have a significant impact on sales growth" is much easier to write, but much less meaningful, than "this project will increase sales growth by 3-5%".