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[verb ik-spawrt, -spohrt, ek-spawrt, -spohrt; noun, adjective ek-spawrt, -spohrt] /verb ɪkˈspɔrt, -ˈspoʊrt, ˈɛk spɔrt, -spoʊrt; noun, adjective ˈɛk spɔrt, -spoʊrt/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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
Related forms
exportable, adjective
exportability, noun
exporter, noun
nonexportable, adjective
superexport, noun
superexport, verb (used with object)
unexportable, adjective
unexported, adjective
unexporting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for exporter
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  • He bids the exporter 4.86-1/2 for his lard bills, and gets the contract.

  • It is first as an exporter of frozen meat, and second as a shipper of wool.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • Occasionally an exporter is caught and fined; but that does not stop the traffic.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • He was a great merchant of the country, a wealthy importer and exporter.


    O. Henry
  • The limit in the downward direction to the price of exchange is the last margin of profit to the exporter as such.

    Principles of Political Economy

    Arthur Latham Perry
  • As regards pepper, it has been previously shewn that North Borneo was in former days an exporter of this spice.

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher
  • Not that the price to the Chinese receiver would increase; the dues must fall upon the exporter.

British Dictionary definitions for exporter


noun (ˈɛkspɔːt)
(often pl)
  1. goods (visible exports) or services (invisible exports) sold to a foreign country or countries
  2. (as modifier): an export licence, export finance
verb (ɪkˈspɔːt; ˈɛkspɔːt)
to sell (goods or services) or ship (goods) to a foreign country or countries
(transitive) to transmit or spread (an idea, social institution, etc) abroad
Compare import
Derived Forms
exportable, adjective
exportability, noun
exporter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exportāre to carry away, from portāre to carry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for exporter



by 1610s; perhaps from late 15c., from Latin exportare "to carry out, send away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + portare "carry" (see port (n.1)). The sense of "send out (commodities) from one country to another" is first recorded in English 1660s. The noun is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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