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[verb im-pawrt, -pohrt; noun im-pawrt, -pohrt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
  2. to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
  3. to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
  4. to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
  5. Computers. to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one software program from another.
  6. Archaic. to be of consequence or importance to; concern.
verb (used without object)
  1. to be of consequence or importance; to matter: We are friends, and it does not import that we have only just met.
noun
  1. something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
  2. the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
  3. consequence or importance: matters of great import.
  4. meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.

Origin of import

1400–50; late Middle English importen < Latin importāre. See im-1, port5
Related formsim·port·a·ble, adjectiveim·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounim·port·er, nounnon·im·port, nouno·ver·im·port, verb (used with object)pre·im·port, verb (used with object)pre·im·port, nounun·im·port·ed, adjectiveun·im·port·ing, adjective

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10. significance, sense.
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Examples from the Web for importable

Historical Examples

  • And both with one consent reioyced in reuenge, whereof the passion was importable.

    The Palace of Pleasure

    William Painter

  • It is only to pay for importable goods that gold ever leaves the country in which the owner resides.

    Money

    John P. Jones

  • So he went back to the others among the shrubs and they all crowded round their leader full of importable news.

  • Or the supply of importable food may fail by the peopling up of the countries which grow it.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge


British Dictionary definitions for importable

import

verb (ɪmˈpɔːt, ˈɪmpɔːt)
  1. to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign countryCompare export
  2. (tr) to bring in from an outside sourceto import foreign words into the language
  3. rare to signify or be significant; mean; conveyto import doom
noun (ˈɪmpɔːt)
  1. (often plural)
    1. goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
    2. (as modifier)an import licence
  2. significance or importancea man of great import
  3. meaning or signification
  4. Canadian informal a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays
Derived Formsimportable, adjectiveimportability, nounimporter, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin importāre to carry in, from im- + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for importable

import

v.

early 15c., "convey information, express, make known, signify," from Latin importare "bring in, convey," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Sense of "bring in goods from abroad" first recorded c.1500. Related: Imported; importing.

import

n.

"consequence, importance," 1580s; sense of "that which is imported" is from 1680s; both from import (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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