export

verb
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

export

noun
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

export

adjective
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

Verb

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

Examples of export in a Sentence

Verb

countries that export oil to the U.S.

Noun

Exports to China have risen this year.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Worldwide fossil fuel consumption is expected to rise for decades, and U.S. taxpayers benefit by exporting fuel. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 In manufacturing, for example, China often acts as a processor of intermediate goods imported from elsewhere and then exported again. Molly Jackson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan?," 12 July 2018 Yet with a small population and few ways to store or export the energy, its renewable bounty is largely untapped. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter Mr Trump fumes that American cars exported to Europe attract a 10% tariff whereas cars travelling in the other direction are taxed at only 2.5%—the result of trade negotiations over the years. The Economist, "New auto tariffs would batter German carmakers," 5 July 2018 Meanwhile, the stronger US dollar meant that American dairy farmers had a tougher time exporting their products. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why Trump’s trade agenda might worsen America’s cheese glut," 4 July 2018 Some analysts have asked whether there are similarly irreplaceable assets on the Chinese side – such as rare earth elements exported to the U.S. – to be used as reciprocal leverage. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018 Automakers in China, a common target of Trump's ire, would see little impact because Chinese automakers export few vehicles. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Moody's: Tariffs threaten 'nearly every segment' of auto industry," 25 June 2018 The total amount of U.S. goods exported to China only amounted to $130 billion last year, meaning Trump’s potential tariffs on $250 billion or more of Chinese imports can’t be matched, at least directly. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "China's Xi can make life tough for U.S. companies, from Apple to Walmart," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Trump administration's tariff hike on medical equipment, electronics and other goods from China apply to exports made by U.S. or European companies as well as Chinese suppliers. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "European exporters shift trade and supply chains to avoid higher US tariffs," 10 July 2018 But this drop may well prove to be temporary, as it was driven by a surge in exports led by soybeans and commercial aircraft. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 To this point, Xi Jinping’s government has been able to respond to Trump’s tariffs tit-for-tat by slapping tariffs on $50 billion worth of U.S. exports. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "After Trump’s New Tariff Threat, China Seeks Strategy for Retaliation," 11 July 2018 Only about 10 percent of its sales are in exports, but it's been a fast-growing part of the company's business, according to Schwager. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Already in trouble, Wisconsin dairy farmers are now getting hammered by tariffs," 27 June 2018 China processed trash from 43 countries in addition to its own in 2016, and high-income countries are responsible for nearly 90 percent of plastic exports since 1988. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "China Won’t Solve the World’s Plastics Problem Any More," 20 June 2018 And 56 percent of all U.S. soybean exports go to China. CBS News, "Trump launches $50 billion in tariffs on China, risking trade war," 15 June 2018 As of 2016, almost one in five imports to Russia came from China, far above any other country, while its southern neighbor also bought almost 10% of Russia's exports, worth about $28 billion. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping," 8 June 2018 One of the most valuable exports the United States can offer the world is tourism, attracting travelers from other countries to our cities, beaches, mountain resorts, and other amazing sights. Rob Katz, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Ski Resorts Rely on Smart Immigration Reform," 31 May 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

Verb

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

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for export

Verb

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

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The first known use of export was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for export

export

verb

English Language Learners Definition of export

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send a product to be sold in another country

export

noun

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

export

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

Kids Definition of export

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send a product to another country to sell it

export

noun
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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