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Doing well on the SAT is crucial to getting into the college I want to attend.
  very important or necessary
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  • Doing well on the SAT is crucial to getting into the college I want to attend.
  • The information is crucial to making a good decision.
  • It was noticed that they were especially liable to break into ’Four legs good, two legs bad’ at crucial moments in Snowball’s speeches.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Whatever was said next would be crucial, so, in order to make his voice as clear as possible, he coughed a little, but taking care to do this not too loudly as even this might well sound different from the way that a human coughs and he was no longer sure he could judge this for himself.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • Only thing is, next time, in a crucial case, you better call some older doctor in consultation—not that you need his advice, but it makes a hit with the family, it divides the responsibility, and keeps ’cause from going around criticizing.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • He began with making a crucial incision on me from the navel to the clavicula.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Now came the crucial test: date palms, cotton, melons, coffee, medicinals — more than 200 selected food plant types to test and adapt.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • For Dewey and Duntz, patient professionals, had gradually narrowed the prisoner’s life story to the events of the last seven weeks, then reduced those to a concentrated recapitulation of the crucial week-end-Saturday noon to Sunday noon, November 14 to 15.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He hoped that the elements would not divert the jurors from the crucial and difficult matters at hand.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • When the children were growing up and in the crucial stage of adolescence, the father was like some ugly irritant to their souls.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers

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  • Wasn’t Hitler’s own struggle to express himself in German the crucial subtext of his massive ranting autobiography, dictated in a fortress prison in the Bavarian hills?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • At other times, at a crucial moment, I make it easier for things to happen.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Because the crucial plot-twist of Fast Cars concerned Tony Bonasaro’s near-fatal crack-up in his last desperate effort to escape the police (and this led to the epilogue, which consisted of the bruising interrogation conducted by the late Lieutenant Gray’s partner in Tony’s hospital room), Paul had interviewed a number of crash victims.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • During that first crucial moment, Bannerman didn’t even hear Cujo’s low, rising growl.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Could she be coming down with something on this most crucial day of her life?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • In consequence, Stephen Blaine handed down to posterity his height of just under six feet and his tendency to waver at crucial moments, these two abstractions appearing in his son Amory.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • All this Powell had planned in preparation for one crucial moment that was to come later.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • This would cause a bottleneck as organization grew and Adam Selene was phoned oftener, and could be crucial if we lasted long enough to go into action.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • There were circumstances under which kills had to be made quietly-utter silence was the unreachable goal, but at least minimal noise was crucial.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I didn’t want to sound like a dunce or a withholder of crucial information, but I had to tell him, for my sake as well as his own, when I realized what her statements implied.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • "Now this is crucial, Bella," Jacob stressed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • It’s crucial, then, that you master this skill as soon as we return.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Fun is crucial to human development.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • And now, with typical leaderly incisiveness, I put two and six together and came up with one single question that would get right to the crucial heart of the matter.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • On the contrary, keeping these targets alive was crucial.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • I’d forgotten my cheerleading sweater again, just as I was always forgetting something crucial-regulation socks, matching ponytail holders, pom-poms.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • I was running wedding errands, like a paid employee, while my mother lay in her king-size Sealy Posturepedic, with the shades drawn tight, getting the sleep she claimed was crucial to her creative process.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • This was crucial.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • From here on timing was crucial if the illusion was to be effective.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • If we got split up, these would be crucial.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • The mid 1850s saw the invention of something much more crucial and useful to humankind: the crinoline, or hooped petticoat.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • It is the most vivid and crucial key to identity.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In the days since the conflict, dragons soaring high in the skies above were not an uncommon sight—but neither were they seen in the numbers that had appeared at that crucial moment during the battle.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Unfortunately, these crucial centuries are so little known from archaeology, except for a general impression of disunity and of diminished cultural production, that they are called the Dark Ages.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Mrs. Griffiths, violently shaken and deeply depressed by the peculiar silence and evasion of McMillan at the crucial moment of this interview when the Governor had asked such an all important and direct question as to the guilt of her son, was still unable to say a word more.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The canoe was good, the silence was crucial.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • This was the climax of his year of suffering and the crucial struggle of his life.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • When the crucial hour arrived she found that the West had not claimed her yet.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • This surrender he felt to be something crucial in his life, though he could not wholly understand it.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • But Kells did not recognize that crucial height of his career.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • …be able to start that water, for he was a true magician of the time; which is to say, the big miracles, the ones that gave him his reputation, always had the luck to be performed when nobody but Merlin was present; he couldn’t start this well with all this crowd around to see; a crowd was as bad for a magician’s miracle in that day as it was for a spiritualist’s miracle in mine; there was sure to be some skeptic on hand to turn up the gas at the crucial moment and spoil everything.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Perhaps Palmgren had never had time to write up his own conclusions about this apparently crucial series of events before he had his stroke.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Erika had always been a crucial part of Millennium.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • And he said, once again, how much he regretted that whole thing with Belinda, but did I know that I played a crucial part in keeping him from proceeding any further in his relationship with her? I said, "No, how was that?
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • I mean, some of us have got crucial things we need to be doing.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • But with Fur Elise the third time, her uncritical self of the crucial present, this Wednesday afternoon, slowly came forward-as if called on.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "Chevrolet," or "Dodge" at a crucial moment could make the difference between life and death.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It was another French piece, an opera Hans Castorp knew well, one he had heard and seen repeatedly in the theater and to whose plot he had even alluded once in conversation—in a very crucial conversation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "I am at a crucial point," says Simon.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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