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

1 : 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
2a : to bear or convey as meaning or portent : signify
b : imply
c archaic : express, state
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 : something that is imported
3 : importance especially : relative importance it is hard to judge the import of this decision

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Other Words from import

Verb

importable \ im-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce import (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 This expansion would also import Medicare’s healthcare price distortions to dentistry and optometry. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 But Chinese regulations designed to reduce pollution have curtailed coal production in the country, forcing power producers to import more—pushing global prices upwards. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2021 Previously, these toys would have been Japan only releases, and fans would have had to import them, often at scalper prices. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Last winter, during Texas’ freeze, state energy operators couldn’t import power from either of the larger interconnections. Matt Simon, Wired, 6 Oct. 2021 And then of course, to import certain items from Europe and Asia to Africa. Rachel Wood, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Unlike big commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay or the Aleutians that import workers from outside Alaska, 80% of the fishing crews and employees at the plant are from the six communities in the Lower Yukon region. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 Within a decade of the grass carp's arrival, Arkansas fish farmers would import three other carp species: black, bighead and silver. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Many coastal communities import sand to build back their beaches. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The coincidences and contrivances start to pile up, but even before that happens the movie has been robbed of its import as a drama of action and consequence. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 This exacerbates the price risks on import-dependent countries and penalizes farmers in exporting nations. Michael Helmstetter, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Her father owned a prosperous import business and tailoring studio, and her mother, also a seamstress, was a homemaker. Emily Langer, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2021 Her father owned a prosperous import business and tailoring studio, and her mother, also a seamstress, was a homemaker. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Jaar, who dropped the lawsuit, described himself in court papers as the owner of a successful import business in Haiti. Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 Jaar, who dropped the lawsuit, described himself in court papers as the owner of a successful import business in Haiti. DÁnica Coto, ajc, 14 July 2021 The Department of Commerce is expected to decide this week whether to open an investigation into a petition filed by U.S.-based manufacturers requesting higher import tariffs on panels produced in Southeast Asia by Chinese companies. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Moravec comes over from the Czech Republic, 9th overall in the import draft. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of import

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

14 Oct 2021

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“Import.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/import. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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import

verb

English Language Learners Definition of import

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring a product into a country to be sold
: to bring (something, such as data) into a file, system, etc., from another source

import

noun

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 : importation

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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