ex·​port | \ek-ˈspȯrt, ˈek-ˌspȯrt- \
exported; exporting; exports

Definition of export 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to carry away : remove

2 : to carry or send (something, such as a commodity) to some other place (such as another country)

intransitive verb

: to export something abroad


ex·​port | \ˈek-ˌspȯrt \

Definition of export (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something exported specifically : a commodity conveyed from one country or region to another for purposes of trade

2 : the act of exporting : exportation the export of wheat


ex·​port | \ˈek-ˌspȯrt \

Definition of export (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to exportation or exports export duties

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Other Words from export


exportability \(ˌ)ek-​ˌspȯr-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
exportable \ek-​ˈspȯr-​tə-​bəl, ˈek-​ˌspȯr-​ \ adjective

Examples of export in a Sentence


countries that export oil to the U.S.


Exports to China have risen this year.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The contaminated water, along with other failing city services and soaring unemployment in Basra, has fueled violent unrest since July in Iraq's oil-exporting capital. Fox News, "Iraqi city of Basra seethes over water crisis, unemployment," 10 Sep. 2018 The proposal being weighed by EU officials would cut tariffs between the world’s largest car-exporting nations — including the U.S., South Korea and Japan, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. Oliver Sachgau, latimes.com, "German carmakers seek to defuse Trump threat on auto imports," 5 July 2018 China got cheap plastic and the exporting countries go rid of their trash. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "China Won’t Solve the World’s Plastics Problem Any More," 20 June 2018 Steel and aluminum exporters from China, along with other steel-exporting nations such as Japan and India, have been paying the U.S. tariffs since late March. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Extends Relief, Confusion as Allies Get Tariff Reprieve," 1 May 2018 Steel and aluminum exporters from China, along with other steel-exporting nations such as Japan and India, have been paying the U.S. tariffs since late March. Fortune, "President Trump Has Delayed a Decision on Steel Tariffs as Negotiations Continue," 1 May 2018 Experts say that tends to harm both exporting nations as well as importing countries’ consumers, who face higher costs. Time, "11 Countries Sign Pacific Trade Deal as President Trump Announces Tariffs," 8 Mar. 2018 China’s restrictive internet policies are being actively exported around the world, according to a new report by nonprofit organization Freedom House published yesterday. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China is making the internet less free, and US tech companies are helping," 2 Nov. 2018 On a typical day last year, Iran exported some 2.2 million barrels a day of crude. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Satellites, Big Data Help U.S. Spy on Smugglers of Iranian Oil," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The locals are wildly proud of their most famous export. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Tahiti is also benefiting from a resurgence in popularity of its cultural exports. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018 Per last week's article, the company is alleged to have had its motherboards infiltrated by Chinese malware during the manufacturing process before their export to U.S. markets. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Report Claims More Evidence of Chinese Microchip Tampering," 9 Oct. 2018 In addition to a jump in exports of soybeans in May, sales of commercial airplanes and industrial engines also rose. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "US trade deficit drops to $43.1 billion in May; but deficit with China jumps," 6 July 2018 Kenyan exports of the fruit have climbed from nearly 39,000 tons in 2015 to about 47,000 tons in 2016, worth around $52 million, said James Weru, marketing manager at Fair Trade Enterprises Limited, a fresh produce exporter. Caroline Wambui, The Christian Science Monitor, "Kenyan farmers swap coffee for avocados to tap into global boom," 6 July 2018 The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration plans to impose curbs on Chinese investment in American technology companies and high-tech exports to China. CBS News, "Harley-Davidson, blaming tariffs, will shift some manufacturing overseas," 25 June 2018 The latest sign was in export-dependent Germany, where a purchasing managers index hit a four-year low, well below the level economists were expecting. Neanda Salvaterra, WSJ, "Oil Prices Plunge on Global Growth, Supply Concerns," 23 Nov. 2018 However, a big part of that growth reflected a temporary rush to ship soybeans and other U.S. exports out before penalty tariffs triggered by Trump's get-tough trade policies took effect. Martin Crutsinger, Fox News, "US economy grew at robust 4.2 percent rate in Q2," 27 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Per the resolution, North Korea can no longer export coal, iron, lead, seafood, and a few other materials. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "UN Security Council Approves New Sanctions on North Korea," 5 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of export


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for export


Middle English, from Latin exportare, from ex- + portare to carry — more at fare

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English Language Learners Definition of export

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send a product to be sold in another country



English Language Learners Definition of export (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is exported : a product that is sent to another country to be sold there

: the act of exporting something


ex·​port | \ek-ˈspȯrt \
exported; exporting

Kids Definition of export

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send a product to another country to sell it


ex·​port | \ˈek-ˌspȯrt \

Kids Definition of export (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is sent to another country to be sold Oil is Saudi Arabia's most important export.

2 : the act of sending a product to another country to be sold

ex·​port | \ek-ˈspōrt, ˈek-ˌspōrt \

Legal Definition of export 

: to carry or send (as a commodity) to some other place (as another country)

intransitive verb

: to send something abroad

Other Words from export

export \ˈek-​ˌspōrt \ noun
exportability \ek-​ˌspōr-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
exportable \ek-​ˈspōr-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

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