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 Shiite theocracy sought to export its revolution and empower Shiite groups in the Middle East from the outset. Washington Post, "Iran has invested in allies and proxies across the Middle East. Here’s why they matter now.," 19 June 2019 In another venture, Rodham sought to export hazelnuts from the Republic of Georgia, where he was linked to a rival to then Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, a close Clinton ally. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, dies," 8 June 2019 Warsame says one way to mainstream camel milk is to marry it into the local coffee and tea scenes—which is being exported worldwide from countries like Ethiopia. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Camel milk could be the next superfood—thanks to East Africa," 6 June 2019 As fake snow just wouldn’t cut it chez Chanel, the real stuff was exported from the Ice Hotel way up north in Sweden and brought to Paris. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Big Chill: Revisiting Chanel’s Fall 2010 Iceberg Show," 27 Dec. 2018 The forecast comes as U.S. oil prices have risen above $60 a barrel and the industry is free to export domestic oil following a 2016 change in the law that ended a 40-year export ban. John Funk, cleveland.com, "Gasoline prices to increase in the coming weeks," 5 Mar. 2018 For much of the 20th century, mathematicians dreamed of finding a way to export these techniques so that they could be used by people working in the field of algebraic geometry, which deals with the precise geometric shapes described by equations. Quanta Magazine, "Visionary Mathematician Vladimir Voevodsky Dies at 51," 11 Oct. 2017 Once running to full capacity, the Prelude project is expected to help jump Australia over Qatar as the world's top LNG-exporting nation, according to a new report from the Wood Mackenzie energy research firm. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Shell starts up $15B Prelude FLNG project in Australia," 11 June 2019 At the turn of the last century, trade protectionism favoring goods from the British Empire at the expense of every other exporting nation had become central to the platform of the Conservative Party, of which Churchill was a rising figure. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "In Britain, will Trump absorb his hero Winston Churchill’s hatred of tariffs?," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rather, those companies made extraordinarily large and ill-advised bets on metallurgical coal, a special variety best adapted to steelmaking, meant for export abroad. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019 Georgia’s wine, a hallmark export that belongs to a viticulture tradition going back 8,000 years — is beloved by Russians, and its sale has often been viewed as a barometer of relations between the former Soviet countries. Washington Post, "Now it’s personal: Georgian TV host unleashes nasty tirade against Putin as tensions with Russia escalate," 9 July 2019 In Japan, weak factory production and waning exports heighten vulnerability. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Recession Risks Are Up, and Central Banks Aren’t Ready," 9 July 2019 Georgia’s wine, a hallmark export that belongs to a viticulture tradition going back 8,000 years — is beloved by Russians, and its sale has often been viewed as a barometer of relations between the former Soviet countries. BostonGlobe.com, "Georgian TV host unleashes tirade against Putin as tensions with Russia escalate," 8 July 2019 This summer, the Speed Art Museum will present an exhibition centered around one of Kentucky’s most famous exports, writer Hunter S. Thompson. Speed Art Museum, The Courier-Journal, "This new summer exhibit honors the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson," 8 July 2019 The sanctions are designed to cut off all North Korean exports, 90 percent of its trade, and disband its pool of workers sent abroad to earn hard currency. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "North Korea says US is 'hell-bent on hostile acts' despite peace talks," 5 July 2019 Tumultuous times Education has long been one of America’s key exports to Africa. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Top American universities are doubling down on their presence across Africa," 5 July 2019 Permits are required for import and export, and trade for commercial purposes is prohibited. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "What is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species?," 3 July 2019

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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