import

verb
im·​port | \ im-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce import (audio) , ˈim-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce import (audio) \
imported; importing; imports

Definition of import

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bear or convey as meaning or portent : signify
b archaic : express, state
c : imply
2 : to bring from a foreign or external source: such as
a : to bring (something, such as merchandise) into a place or country from another country
b : to transfer (files or data) from one format to another usually within a new file
3 archaic : to be of importance to : concern

intransitive verb

: to be of consequence : matter

import

noun
im·​port | \ ˈim-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce import (audio) \

Definition of import (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : importance especially : relative importance it is hard to judge the import of this decision
3 : something that is imported

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Other Words from import

Verb

importable \ im-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce importable (audio) , ˈim-​ˌpȯr-​ \ adjective
importer noun

Examples of import in a Sentence

Verb a dealer who imports cars from Italy to the U.S. software that makes it simple to import digital photographs onto your hard drive Noun This car is an import from Italy. They sell luxury imports from around the world. laws affecting the import of foreign goods This is an issue of little import to voters. a matter of great import
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although hamstrung by the censors, customs restrictions and the shifting political winds, these dealers found ways to import publications and keep their shelves stocked. Time, "Why the U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II," 3 Jan. 2020 Tesla aims to bring down costs by using more local components, allowing it to import fewer parts and avoid tariffs, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter isn’t public. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Next Plan for China-Built Teslas Might Include a 20% Discount," 18 Dec. 2019 This refinery just north of Denver in Commerce City produces aviation and other fuel from oil, including thick tar-sand oil imported from northern Canada, and for years has ranked among the biggest polluters of Front Range air. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Suncor oil refinery’s “operational upset” spurs call for increased state protection," 13 Dec. 2019 The study could dampen enthusiasm in Britain for Black Friday, which has been imported from the United States and embraced by shoppers and retailers alike over the past decade. Charles Riley, CNN, "Black Friday deals in the UK are rarely genuine bargains - report," 26 Nov. 2019 That scheme involved importing women from South America and then pimping them out in places like Baltimore, D.C., and Philadelphia. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "How to get drugs into 50 prisons? Soak inmates’ mail in heroin, ecstasy and fentanyl," 24 Sep. 2019 The biggest users by far are oil and petrochemical companies, like Exxon and Valero, which import crude oil and refine it into duty-free petrochemicals. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Companies Are Using a Depression-Era Law To Escape Trump’s Tariffs — And It’s Costing Them," 23 Sep. 2019 Education Chancellor Carranza’s crony Matt Gonzales came to NYC from California, importing with him his warped ideology, and wound up on SDAG. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Leave Every Child Behind," 23 Sep. 2019 Ramos’ team is importing heirloom corn from Oaxaca and making masa in-house. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Nido’s Backyard opens with mezcal, Tequila and Mexican fare in Oakland," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since July 2018, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on $360 billion in Chinese products. Paul Wiseman, The Denver Post, "Trump says U.S. and China have reached deal, planned tariffs off," 13 Dec. 2019 Since July 2018, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on $360 billion in Chinese products. Joe Mcdonald, Fortune, "Beijing Complains of ‘Unjustified Restrictions and Crackdowns’ as U.S.-China Trade Deal Hopes Rise," 13 Dec. 2019 Since July 2018, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on $360 billion in Chinese products. Paul Wiseman, Houston Chronicle, "US and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs," 12 Dec. 2019 Since July 2018, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on $360 billion in Chinese products. Paul Wiseman, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. and China near modest trade deal that would suspend planned tariffs and de-escalate 17-month trade war," 12 Dec. 2019 Its exporters benefited from cheap credit, exemptions from import duties and a devaluation of the won in 1964 (ironically, urged on it by America). The Economist, "Global tradeIt has become harder for the Asian tigers to prosper through exports," 5 Dec. 2019 In doing so, the president has imposed billions of dollars in tariffs on imports from other countries. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Arizona Democrats' claim about GOP trade policy and rising grocery prices doesn't add up," 24 Nov. 2019 Ali pointed out that the border closure has significantly increased revenue from import duties. Stephen Onyeiwu, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria needs a competent customs service, not border closure," 28 Oct. 2019 But China has, until this year, required foreign carmakers to link up with domestic ones to manufacture in the country, and avoid a 25 percent import duty. Wired, "Tesla Turns a Profit—and Builds a Chinese Factory Very Fast," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of import

Verb

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

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for import

Verb

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

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

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Import.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/import. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for import

import

verb
How to pronounce import (audio) How to pronounce import (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of import

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

import

noun
How to pronounce import (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of import (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is imported : a product brought into a country to be sold there
: the act of importing something
formal : the meaning of something

import

verb
im·​port | \ im-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce import (audio) \
imported; importing

Kids Definition of import

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

import

noun
im·​port | \ ˈim-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce import (audio) \

Kids Definition of import (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : importance This is a problem of great import.
2 : something brought into a country My car is an import from Italy.

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