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 In addition to premium cigars, Havana on 1st specializes on top shelf spirits and domestic and imported craft beers. al, "1st and 23, Johnny Rockets in Birmingham are now closed," 9 Sep. 2019 Guests looking for a more lavish experience can try the lobster bottle service, in which up to 12 people receive a 15-pound lobster imported from the East Coast and surrounded by ramen, plus wine from Empathy Wines. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "It’s all about the noodles — and Snoop Dogg — at Nood Beach festival in Huntington Beach," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2015, a prototype was described as being powered by two Red A03 engines, imported from Germany, each providing 500 horsepower. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s New 'Altair' Spy Drone Takes to the Skies," 22 Aug. 2019 Managing files, importing and exporting your work, adding new brushes—all of these routine tasks require app juggling to work right. Jess Grey, WIRED, "iPad Artists, Don't Brush Off Adobe Fresco," 16 Aug. 2019 At one point, they were indicted on more than two dozen counts of conspiring, importing unapproved drugs, and disguising drugs as supplements. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Frozen for eternity: Can you really cheat death?," 26 July 2019 The stone for the First National Bank tower was originally imported from Greece and was mined at the same quarry where the Pentelic marble for the Parthenon was produced. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Downtown Dallas' landmark First National Bank tower is getting its restored marble exterior two years after removal," 17 June 2019 Each is designed to highlight the ingredients, some imported from the motherland, and others produced locally. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 Buonanno’s ancestors, Tempel and Esther Smith, imported 20 Lipizzans from Austria in 1958 and founded Tempel Farms in the United States. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Tempel Farms showcases rare brown Lipizzan, 8 foals this season," 11 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The United States agreed to delay another round of tariffs on Chinese imports by two weeks to Oct. 15. BostonGlobe.com, "Technology, financial, and consumer-focused stocks helped power the modest rally, which extended the market’s solid gains from the day before, despite losing some momentum in the final hour of trading. The benchmark S&P 500 index closed within 0.6 percent of its record high, set July 26.," 13 Sep. 2019 Only hours before his arrival in Biarritz Saturday, Trump reissued his threat to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S. in a spat over France's digital services tax; the European Union promised to retaliate. Fortune, "Trump Regrets Not Taxing China More, White House Says," 25 Aug. 2019 Only hours before his arrival in Biarritz Saturday, Trump threatened anew to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S. in a spat over France's digital services tax; the European Union promised to retaliate. Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, "Trump shares ‘second thoughts’ about China tariffs, but White House later says his only regret is not hiking them higher," 25 Aug. 2019 Only hours before his arrival in Biarritz, Trump had threatened anew to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S. in a spat over France’s digital services tax; the European Union promised to retaliate. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Economic storm clouds hovering over Trump and global leaders," 24 Aug. 2019 The Trump administration has imposed a 25% tariff on $250 billion in Chinese imports. Alex Veiga, Anchorage Daily News, "US stocks fall sharply as US-China trade war escalates," 23 Aug. 2019 Between 2009 and 2014, customs data analyzed by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a U.K.-based nonprofit, show a 14-fold increase in rosewood imports to China from around the world. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, "The fight to protect the world’s most trafficked wild commodity," 16 Aug. 2019 The road connecting Morogoro with Dar es Salaam, the country's most populous city and former capital, is one of Tanzania's key throughways, used to transport imports and exports to and from the coast. Faraji Mwanza And Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "At least 50 people killed in an oil tanker explosion in Tanzania," 10 Aug. 2019 His first job after college was as an independent sales representative in Texas, selling imports to retailers. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Biggby Coffee Co-CEO Mike McFall drinks 14 espressos a day," 27 July 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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26 Oct 2019

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

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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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