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re·​im·​port (ˌ)rē-im-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce reimport (audio)
reimported; reimporting

transitive verb

: to bring (something, such as merchandise) back to the place or country from which it was imported
Drug prices are often cheaper in Canada … . That inspired Congress to pass a law … permitting drugs from American manufacturers to be reimported back to the U.S. from Canada at Canadian prices. John Calfee
Ford's two remaining UK plants are … making engines which are exported to other … countries for final assembly. Ford then reimports many of these engines in completed vehicles for sale in the UK. The Irish Times
reimported goods
: to import (something, such as files or data) again
… locate the songs that will not play and manually drag them into the … window to reimport them.
reimporter noun
plural reimporters
… the administration believed that the bill had several fatal flaws that would deter reimportation, namely, that the drug companies would retaliate against reimporters and would not provide the reimporters with the necessary package labeling inserts. Paul J. Feldstein


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re·​im·​port (ˌ)rē-ˈim-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce reimport (audio)
plural reimports
: something that is reimported : reimportation sense 2
the sale of prescription drug reimports
: the act or practice of reimporting something : reimportation sense 1
For the first time, Japanese firms are producing goods in southeast Asia not for exports to the US market, but for reimport to Japan. Mark S. Manger

Word History

First Known Use


1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1821, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of reimport was in 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Reimport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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