How to pronounce imperative


Pronounce Imperative as IY M P EH R AH T IY V EH.

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Phonetic transcription for imperative

  • Traditional IPA Phonetic transcription of imperative: | ɪmpɛrætɪvɛ |
  • Modern IPA Phonetic transcription of imperative: | ɪmpɛrætɪvɛ |

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Meanings for imperative


imperative mood, imperative, jussive mood, imperative form(noun)

a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior


some duty that is essential and urgent


requiring attention or action

"as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"


relating to verbs in the imperative mood

forcing one's compliance or participation by or as if by law

reporting signs of physical abuse is now an imperative duty for hospital and school personnel

impossible to do without

proper equipment is imperative for the success of this chemical experiment

needing immediate attention

an imperative need for medical supplies in the earthquake-ravaged country

a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned

a secretary of defense who was fond of issuing harshly worded imperatives

something one must do because of prior agreement

although he had little taste for the social imperatives that come with being governor, he put on a brave face

Example Sentences of imperative

It is imperative for you to act at once.

It is imperative that we find another way out of this situation.

Imperative in different languages

  • أساسي أو ضروريArabic
  • rozkazovací Czech
  • unverzichtbar wesentlich essentiell essenziell muss notwendig German
  • επιτακτικός Greek
  • imperativo Spanish
  • välttämätön imperatiivinen käskevä Finnish
  • impératif indispensable essentiel French
  • àithneachScots Gaelic
  • अनिवार्य Hindi
  • mikilvægur nauðsyn Icelandic
  • necessario imperativo necessaria Italian
  • necessum opus necessus necessitas imperative Latin
  • must noodzakelijk Dutch
  • imperativ Romanian
  • обязательный повелительный императив Russian
  • imperativ Swedish
  • mecburi zorunluluk mecburiyet zorunlu Turkish
  • імперативUkrainian
  • 势在必行 Chinese

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