Definitions for importɪmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt; ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•portɪmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt; ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to bring in from a foreign country or other source:

    to import goods for resale.

  2. to bring or introduce from one use or connection into another:

    foodstuffs imported from the farm.

  3. to mean or signify:

    Her words imported a change of attitude.

  4. to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply.

  5. Computers.to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one application program from another.

    Category: Computers

  6. (v.i.)to be of consequence or importance; matter.

  7. (n.)something that is imported from abroad.

  8. the act of importing.

  9. consequence; importance.

  10. meaning; implication:

    He felt the import of her words.

Origin of import:

1400–50; late ME < L importāre. See im -1, port5

im•port′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. import, importation(noun)

    commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country

  2. import, importee(noun)

    an imported person brought from a foreign country

    "the lead role was played by an import from Sweden"; "they are descendants of indentured importees"

  3. meaning, significance, signification, import(noun)

    the message that is intended or expressed or signified

    "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

  4. significance, import, implication(noun)

    a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

    "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"

  5. consequence, import, moment(verb)

    having important effects or influence

    "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment than security"; "that result is of no consequence"

  6. import(verb)

    bring in from abroad

  7. import(verb)

    transfer (electronic data) into a database or document

  8. spell, import(verb)

    indicate or signify

    "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. import(noun)ɪmpˈɔrt

    ≠ export

    Chinese imports

  2. importɪmpˈɔrt

    ≠ export

    a ban on the import of wild birds

  3. import(verb)ɪmpˈɔrt

    ≠ export

    He makes a living importing furniture.

  4. importɪmpˈɔrt

    ≠ export

    to import data

Webster Dictionary

  1. Import(verb)

    to bring in from abroad; to introduce from without; especially, to bring (wares or merchandise) into a place or country from a foreign country, in the transactions of commerce; -- opposed to export. We import teas from China, coffee from Brasil, etc

  2. Import(verb)

    to carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to signify

  3. Import(verb)

    to be of importance or consequence to; to have a bearing on; to concern

  4. Import(verb)

    to signify; to purport; to be of moment

  5. Import(noun)

    merchandise imported, or brought into a country from without its boundaries; -- generally in the plural, opposed to exports

  6. Import(noun)

    that which a word, phrase, or document contains as its signification or intention or interpretation of a word, action, event, and the like

  7. Import(noun)

    importance; weight; consequence

Freebase

  1. Import

    Import is derived from the conceptual meaning as the goods and services into the port of a country. The buyer of such goods and services is referred to an "importer" who is based in the country of import where the overseas based seller is referred to as an "exporter". Thus an import is any good or service brought in from one country to another country in a legitimate fashion, typically for use in trade. It is a good that is brought in from another country for sale. Imported goods or services are provided to domestic consumers by foreign producers. An import in the receiving country is an export to the sending country. Imports, along with exports, form the basics of international trade. Import of goods normally requires involvement of the customs authorities in both the country of import and the country of export and are often subject to import quotas, tariffs and trade agreements. When the "imports" are the set of goods and services imported, "Imports" also means the economic value of all goods and services that are imported. The macroeconomic variable I usually stands for the value of these imports over a given period of time, usually one year.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'import' in Nouns Frequency: #1420

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'import' in Verbs Frequency: #838


Translations for import

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

import(verb)

something which is imported from abroad

Our imports are greater than our exports.

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