[verb ik-spawrt, -spohrt, ek-spawrt, -spohrt; noun, adjective ek-spawrt, -spohrt]
- to ship (commodities) to other countries or places for sale, exchange, etc.
- to send or transmit (ideas, institutions, etc.) to another place, especially to another country.
- Computers. to save (documents, data, etc.) in a format usable by another software program.
- to ship commodities to another country for sale, exchange, etc.
- the act of exporting; exportation: the export of coffee.
- something that is exported; an article exported: Coffee is a major export of Colombia.
- of or relating to the exportation of goods or to exportable goods: export duties.
- produced for export: an export beer.
Origin of export
1475–85; < Latin exportāre to carry out, bear away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + portāre to carry, bear
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- (often plural)
- goods (visible exports) or services (invisible exports) sold to a foreign country or countries
- (as modifier)an export licence; export finance
- to sell (goods or services) or ship (goods) to a foreign country or countries
- (tr) to transmit or spread (an idea, social institution, etc) abroad
C15: from Latin exportāre to carry away, from portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for exportability
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