1

import

verb im·port \ im-ˈpȯrt , ˈim-ˌpȯrt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of import

transitive verb
1 a :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

importable

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

importer

noun

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

Recent Examples of import from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'import.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

import Synonyms

Synonyms
count, matter, mean, signify, weigh
Related Words
affect, concern, influence, sway; add up (to), amount (to)

2

import

noun im·port \ ˈim-ˌpȯrt \

Definition of import

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

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

Recent Examples of import from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'import.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of import

1548


IMPORT Defined for English Language Learners

import

verb

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


import

noun

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

1

import

verb im·port \ im-ˈpȯrt \

Definition of import for Students

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

2

import

noun im·port \ ˈim-ˌpȯrt \

Definition of import for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up import? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!