import

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verb

imported; importing; imports

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
2
a
: 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
importable
im-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce import (audio)
ˈim-ˌpȯr-
adjective
importer noun

import

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noun

im·​port ˈim-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce import (audio)
1
: something that is imported
2
3
: importance
especially : relative importance
it is hard to judge the import of this decision
4

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The industry body Offshore Energies UK says that without new investment, Britain will have to import around 80% of its gas by 2030, up from around 60% now. Christian Edwards, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 France and several other nations still import Russian uranium for nuclear power generation. Matina Stevis-gridneff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2022 But while the Ukrainian government publicly solicited Musk’s help, the Iranian government is unlikely to cooperate with ordinary Iranians trying to import terminals to connect with SpaceX’s satellite internet network. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2022 China has also refused to import the most effective foreign vaccines for coronavirus, relying on domestic ones that provide less immunity. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 France has banned shops from running air-conditioning while doors are open, while Spain—which does not import much Russian gas—now prohibits air-conditioning from being set to less than 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) in public places. WIRED, 20 Aug. 2022 Another measure plans to install a floating terminal in the western port of Le Havre to be able to import more liquified natural gas, which comes by ship from places like the U.S. and Qatar. Sylvie Corbet, ajc, 3 Aug. 2022 However, individual states have wide leeway to decide whether or not businesses can harvest fins from dead sharks at a dock, or import them from overseas. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 There's hardly any money to import gas, cooking, oil, food [and even] toilet paper. ABC News, 13 July 2022
Noun
Pittman disagreed, finding that a program of such massive import required clear congressional authorization. Gene Johnson, ajc, 11 Nov. 2022 Pittman disagreed, finding that a program of such massive import required clear congressional authorization. Gene Johnson, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 Pittman disagreed, finding that a program of such massive import required clear congressional authorization. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Pittman disagreed, finding that a program of such massive import required clear congressional authorization. Gene Johnson, al, 10 Nov. 2022 Pittman disagreed, finding that a program of such massive import required clear congressional authorization. Gene Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 Bale’s next game of import will come Nov. 21 in Qatar when Wales opens the World Cup against the United States. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 In July, the U.S. removed Nicaragua from the list of countries that can export sugar to the U.S. with reduced import tariffs. José De Córdoba, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 The solar industry, battered by rising commodity prices and a trade war with China, has raised concerns about the possibility of new import tariffs being imposed on solar panels. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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Cite this Entry

“Import.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/import. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

import 1 of 2

verb

im·​port im-ˈpō(ə)rt How to pronounce import (audio) -ˈpȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce import (audio)
ˈim-ˌpō(ə)rt,
-ˌpȯ(ə)rt
1
2
: to be important : matter
3
: to bring (as goods) into a country from another country usually for selling
imports coffee
imported cars
importer noun

import

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noun

im·​port ˈim-ˌpō(ə)rt How to pronounce import (audio)
-ˌpȯ(ə)rt
1
2
3
: something brought into a country

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