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

And more countries are accepting training and technology from China, which Freedom House describes as an effort to export a system of censorship and surveillance around the world. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests," 2 Nov. 2018 Tariffs imposed by the European Union in retaliation to Trump’s policies will raise duties on U.S. motorcycles exported to Europe to 31%, up from 6%, adding $45 million to Harley’s costs this year—and as much as $100 million on an annual basis. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Trump's trade war comes to Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Mexico buys nearly a quarter of all dairy products exported by the U.S., and the American dairy industry is reeling from $387 million in Mexican tariffs — of between 15 percent and 25 percent — on cheese. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farm group assails failure of House to pass immigration bill," 27 June 2018 The move hit one of the United States’ biggest telecom companies, Qualcomm, which lost the ability to export semiconductors to ZTE, one of its biggest customers. Keith Bradsher, BostonGlobe.com, "China welcomes Trump’s help on ZTE as trade talks loom," 14 May 2018 The Caribbean terminals are logistically key to Venezuela's ability to export oil. Lucia Kassai, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips may be worse for Venezuela than U.S. sanctions," 11 May 2018 This threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as discrimination primes Estonian Russians for the virulent political propaganda exported by Russia. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 European pharmaceutical companies, which manufactured the main lethal injection drugs used in the US and exported them across the world, stopped supplying them to North America circa 2009, which created a massive shortage. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Tennessee death row inmates ask for electrocution over lethal injection. It’s a form of protest.," 3 Dec. 2018 In 2014, the European Union issued a yellow card to the Philippines warning that it would be banned from exporting to the bloc unless its fishing activities were better regulated. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That is the real reason why the Trump administration has threatened tariffs of 25% on $200 billion of Chinese exports to the U.S.—nearly half the total—unless Beijing reforms its policies. Martin Feldstein, WSJ, "Tariffs Should Target Chinese Lawlessness, Not the Trade Deficit," 27 Dec. 2018 Most forecasters think that a no-deal Brexit, which would see tariffs slapped on British exports to the EU, border checks reinstalled, and restrictions on travelers and workers, would damage the British economy. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "EU workers leave UK in record numbers as Brexit looms," 13 Nov. 2018 Last year, Micron sued the two companies named in the indictment for stealing trade secrets, and earlier this week the Commerce Department restricted US exports to Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "China state-owned company charged with stealing US tech trade secrets," 1 Nov. 2018 South Korea agreed to cut steel exports to the United States to 70 percent of its regular volume. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s new trade deal with South Korea, explained," 24 Sep. 2018 In dollar terms, only airplanes are a more significant US export to China, the world’s second-largest economy. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 All told, Trump has threatened to hit as much as $550 billion worth of China's exports to the U.S. with punitive tariffs. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, "Trump's tariffs: A closer look at what they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 With no resolution in sight, Trump has said the total amount of goods affected could exceed $500 billion, or more than China’s 2017 exports to the United States. San Antonio Express-News, "China’s options to hit US go beyond imports," 9 July 2018 All told, Trump has threatened to hit as much as $550 billion worth of China's exports to the U.S. with punitive tariffs. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's tariffs: What they are and how they will work," 9 July 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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