export

verb
ex·​port | \ ek-ˈspȯrt How to pronounce export (audio) , ˈek-ˌspȯrt- How to pronounce export (audio) \
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 How to pronounce export (audio) \

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 How to pronounce export (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exportability (audio) \ noun
exportable \ ek-​ˈspȯr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce exportable (audio) , ˈek-​ˌspȯr-​ How to pronounce exportable (audio) \ 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

The indictment charged that in addition to the aluminum tubing, Valadbaigi illegally exported to Iran titanium sheets from a company in northern Illinois. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Iranian indicted in Chicago on charges he exported aluminum tubing used in missile industry," 21 June 2018 Mexico buys nearly a quarter of all dairy products exported by the U.S. Cheese, yogurt, pizza, cucumbers, soups and prepared meals are some Wisconsin food products on Canada’s list of items slated for tariffs. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin reeling from tariffs coming from Mexico, Canada, Europe," 8 June 2018 Miners exporting from the U.S., which have benefited from growing foreign orders in recent years, are among the hardest hit. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "A Chill Descends on the Coal Market," 10 Apr. 2019 Three days later, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing would survive the trade war with America and continue exporting goods around the world. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea, China, and Iran are not happy with Trump’s foreign policy," 5 Nov. 2018 The current rate structure, developed originally to help developing countries, was created long before China grew into a manufacturing and exporting powerhouse. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Trump’s latest China threat could crush the $8 billion Amazon competitor Wish. Here’s its plan to fight back.," 18 Oct. 2018 Those disputes resulted in tariffs imposed in some key overseas markets for bourbon, including the European Union — where Kentucky spirits producers exported nearly $200 million of their products in 2017. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "Kentucky bourbon inventory at highest level since 1972," 27 Sep. 2018 Most stayed close to home, but they have been spotted in Kenya, Iraq and Japan, as well as Poland and the former Soviet Union—the same countries to which and from which Yugoslavia imported and exported concrete architecture. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 Between November and Chinese New Year in February, Intershell Seafood exports 50,000 to 60,000 pounds of lobsters each week, and Rome considers himself one the smaller players. Alex Gailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Lobster sellers wary but hardly in a panic as China levies 25% tariff," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Port of Long Beach reported double-digit declines in container imports and exports in February and March, after several months of strong growth, as shippers rushed to move goods ahead of possible new tariffs. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Macquarie Gets a Foothold in U.S.-Asia Ocean Trade," 5 May 2019 During the Reconstruction era, burgeoning manufacturers benefited from cheap labor, which only increased with the completion of the Southern Railway by the late 19th century, an advancement that also enabled for easy export of the region's products. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 In 2015, the federal government lifted a decades-old ban on the export of U.S. oil. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Natural-rubber prices have risen sharply since late 2018, buoyed by expectations of a U.S.-China trade deal and a recent decision by the world’s largest producers to limit exports of the material. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Rubber Ducks a Deeper Slump on Trade-Deal Hopes," 12 Mar. 2019 Dalian only handles 7% of China’s seaborne coal imports, according to Wood Mackenzie, and 2% of Australia’s global coal exports. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China Still Needs Your Coal, Australia," 22 Feb. 2019 The value of gold exports from Uganda has been rising in recent years, though not much is mined locally. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Uganda holds 3.6 tons of gold possibly from Venezuela," 25 Mar. 2019 Ford’s Lincoln brand accounted for half of those American exports. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Trump says China might kill car tariffs, which would boost foreign automakers," 3 Dec. 2018 In fact, in Canada (receiver of many British exports), the term chesterfield came to mean a sofa of any design. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Classic Chesterfield Sofa," 26 Nov. 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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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 How to pronounce export (audio) \
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 How to pronounce export (audio) \

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 How to pronounce export (audio) \

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 How to pronounce export (audio) \ noun
exportability \ ek-​ˌspōr-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce exportability (audio) \ noun
exportable \ ek-​ˈspōr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce exportable (audio) \ adjective

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