What does import mean?

Definitions for import
ɪmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt; ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrtim·port

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. import, importationnoun

    commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country

  2. import, importeenoun

    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, importnoun

    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, implicationnoun

    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, momentverb

    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. importverb

    bring in from abroad

  7. importverb

    transfer (electronic data) into a database or document

  8. spell, importverb

    indicate or signify

    "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Importnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    What occasion of import
    Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife? William Shakespeare.

    Some business of import that triumph wears
    You seem to go with. John Dryden, Oedipus.

    When there is any dispute, the judge ought to appoint the sum according to the eloquence and ability of the advocate, and in proportion to the import of the cause. John Ayliffe.

    Add to the former observations made about vegetables a third of the same import made in mineral substances. Boyle.

  2. To IMPORTverb

    Etymology: importo, Latin.

    For Elis I would sail with utmost speed,
    T' import twelve mares, which there luxurious feed. Alexander Pope.

    Himself not only comprehended all our necessities, but in such sort also framed every petition as might most naturally serve for many; and doth, though not always require, yet always import a multitude of speakers together. Richard Hooker.

    The name of discipline importeth not as they would fain have it construed; but the self-same thing it signifieth, which the name of doctrine doth. Richard Hooker.

    This question we now asked, imported, as that we thought this land a land of magicians. Francis Bacon.

    Something he left imperfect in the state,
    Which since his coming forth is thought of, which
    Imports the kingdom so much fear and danger,
    That his return was most requir'd. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Her length of sickness, with what else more serious
    Importeth thee to know, this bears. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatr.

    Let the heat be such as may keep the metal perpetually molten; for that above all importeth to the work. Francis Bacon.

    Number in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    This to attain, whether heav'n move, or earth,
    Imports not, if thou reckon right. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    It may import us in this calm to hearken more than we have done to the storms that are now raising abroad. William Temple.

    If I endure it, what imports it you? John Dryden, Span. Fryar.


  1. Import

    An import is the receiving country in an export from the sending country. Importation and exportation are the defining financial transactions of international trade.In international trade, the importation and exportation of goods are limited by import quotas and mandates from the customs authority. The importing and exporting jurisdictions may impose a tariff (tax) on the goods. In addition, the importation and exportation of goods are subject to trade agreements between the importing and exporting jurisdictions.


  1. import

    In general terms, "import" refers to the act of bringing in goods, services, data, or other material from a foreign country or a different module, for the purpose of reselling, processing, or using in various ways. It's commonly used in trade language referring to goods purchased from overseas manufacturers and brought into a country. In terms of computing, it refers to the process of using one software component within another - for instance, a Python module being used in another Python script.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Importverb

    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. Importverb

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

  3. Importverb

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

  4. Importverb

    to signify; to purport; to be of moment

  5. Importnoun

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

  6. Importnoun

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

  7. Importnoun

    importance; weight; consequence


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Import

    im-pōrt′, v.t. to carry into: to bring from abroad: to convey, as a word: to signify: to be of consequence to: to interest.—n. Im′port, that which is brought from abroad: meaning: importance: tendency.—adj. Import′able, that may be imported or brought into a country.—ns. Import′ance; Import′ancy (Shak.).—adj. Import′ant, of great import or consequence: momentous: pompous.—adv. Import′antly.—ns. Importā′tion, the act of importing: the commodities imported; Import′er, one who brings in goods from abroad.—adj. Import′less (Shak.), without consequence. [Fr.,—L. importāre, -ātumin, in, portāre, to carry.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. import

    Being exactly the reverse of export, exportation, and exporter, refer to those terms, and take the opposite meaning. To import is therefore to bring commodities into a country for the purpose of traffic.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of import in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of import in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of import in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Juger:

    If the government grants that exclusion request and lets us import these cells, it will allow us to further scale up the factory in Florida.

  2. TransCanada:

    The fundamental question remains: Do Americans want to continue to import millions of barrels of oil every day from the Middle East and Venezuela or do they want to get their oil from North Dakota and Canada through Keystone XL? We believe the answer is clear and the choice is Keystone XL.

  3. Manuel Valls:

    Reforming means fighting relentlessly against the inequalities, we have to battle each day this terrible feeling that there are second class citizens or some people that are more import than others.

  4. Robert Myers:

    Sarkis Izmirlian said in a statement. According to the bankruptcy filing, Baha Mar Ltd sent teams to Beijing three times over the last two months in attempts to salvage an agreement. The bankruptcy filing represents the latest setback for China State Construction, which was banned from participating in World Bank-funded projects for six years starting in January 2009, after the multilateral agency found that China State Construction had colluded in rigging bids for a Philippines road project. According to the bankruptcy filing, China State Construction claims that Baha Mar Ltd has withheld $ 140 million in funds it is owed, an assertion Baha Mar disputes. The Export-Import Bank of China, according to the filing, has refused to release approximately $ 112 million remaining in the $ 2.45 billion loan China Export-Import Bank extended for the project. The Bahamas, a country of about 353,000 people, has an economy heavily dependent on tourism, and Baha Mar Ltd was expected to create 5,000 new jobs when fully operational. The resort's projected annual payroll of $ 130 million would represent about 12 percent of the country's gross domestic product, the developer said in its court filing. It's an absolute disaster.

  5. Aaron David Miller:

    If the President Donald Trump administration were really serious about Iran, that would be the overwhelming priority, and it wouldn't have granted waivers to eight countries allowing them to import Iranian oil, i think this is a question of one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing.

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  • استيراد, استوردArabic
  • dovézt, dovoz, importCzech
  • Importgut, einführen, importieren, Einfuhr, Importware, ImportGerman
  • εισάγω, εισαγωγήGreek
  • importiEsperanto
  • importancia, importación, importar, significadoSpanish
  • importimaEstonian
  • tuontitavara, merkityksellisyys, tuonti, importti, tuoda, tärkeys, maahantuontiFinnish
  • importerFrench
  • susbaintScottish Gaelic
  • ייבואHebrew
  • importálHungarian
  • importareItalian
  • 輸入する, 輸入品, 輸入Japanese
  • 수입하다Korean
  • aféieren, importéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • import, importeren, gewicht, belang, invoer, invoeren, invoervergunningDutch
  • importar, importação, importância, importados, significânciaPortuguese
  • ввоз, импортировать, ввозить, импорт, ввезтиRussian
  • uvòziti, увести, ùvesti, импорт, увозити, увозница, uvoznica, uvoz, import, увозSerbo-Croatian
  • importera, föra in, införsel, importSwedish
  • นำเข้าThai
  • імпортувати, ввозити, ввезти, увозити, увезтиUkrainian
  • nhập cảng, nhập khẩuVietnamese
  • 进口Chinese

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