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verb im·port \im-ˈpȯrt, ˈim-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of import

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bear or convey as meaning or portent :  signifyb archaic :  express, statec :  imply

  3. 2 :  to bring from a foreign or external source: such asa :  to bring (as merchandise) into a place or country from another countryb :  to transfer (files or data) from one format to another usually within a new file

  4. 3 archaic :  to be of importance to :  concern

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to be of consequence :  matter

importable

play \im-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl, ˈim-ˌpȯr-\ adjective

importer

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Examples of import in a sentence

  1. a dealer who imports cars from Italy to the U.S.

  2. software that makes it simple to import digital photographs onto your hard drive

Origin and Etymology of import

Middle English, from Medieval Latin importare to bring in, cause, signify, from Latin, to bring in, cause, from in- + portare to carry — more at fare


First Known Use: 15th century


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noun im·port \ˈim-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of import

  1. 1 :  importance; especially :  relative importance it is hard to judge the import of this decision

  2. 2 :  purport, signification

  3. 3 :  something that is imported

  4. 4 :  importation

Examples of import in a sentence

  1. This car is an import from Italy.

  2. They sell luxury imports from around the world.

  3. laws affecting the import of foreign goods

  4. This is an issue of little import to voters.

  5. a matter of great import

1548

First Known Use of import

1548


IMPORT Defined for English Language Learners

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verb im·port \im-ˈpȯrt, ˈim-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of import for English Language Learners

  • : to bring a product into a country to be sold

  • computers : to bring (something, such as data) into a file, system, etc., from another source


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noun im·port \ˈim-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of import for English Language Learners

  • : something that is imported : a product brought into a country to be sold there

  • : the act of importing something

  • : the meaning of something


IMPORT Defined for Kids

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verb im·port \im-ˈpȯrt\

Definition of import for Students

imported

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importing

  1. :  to bring (as goods) into a country usually for selling


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noun im·port \ˈim-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of import for Students

  1. 1 :  importance This is a problem of great import.

  2. 2 :  something brought into a country My car is an import from Italy.



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