how to pronounce imperative


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the above transcription of imperative is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

imperative is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of imperative in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but from a business imperative we just …”

meanings of imperative


  1. Having semantics that incorporates mutable variables.
  2. Expressing a command; authoritatively or absolutely directive.
  3. Of, or relating to the imperative mood.
  4. Essential; crucial; extremely important.


  1. 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.
  2. A verb in imperative mood.
  3. An essential action, a must: something which is imperative.

imperative frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word imperative occurs in english on average 4.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics imperative can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that imperative can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to imperative


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