[ verb ik-spawrt, -spohrt, ek-spawrt, -spohrt; noun, adjective ek-spawrt, -spohrt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ship (commodities) to other countries or places for sale, exchange, etc.

  2. to send or transmit (ideas, institutions, etc.) to another place, especially to another country.

  1. Computers. to save (documents, data, etc.) in a format usable by another software program.

verb (used without object)
  1. to ship commodities to another country for sale, exchange, etc.

  1. the act of exporting; exportation: the export of coffee.

  2. something that is exported; an article exported: Coffee is a major export of Colombia.

  1. of or relating to the exportation of goods or to exportable goods: export duties.

  2. produced for export: an export beer.

Origin of export

First recorded in 1475–85; from Latin exportāre “to carry out, carry away,” from ex- ex-1 + portāre “to carry”

Other words from export

  • ex·port·a·ble, adjective
  • ex·port·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • ex·port·er, noun
  • non·ex·port·a·ble, adjective
  • su·per·ex·port, noun
  • su·per·ex·port, verb (used with object)
  • un·ex·port·a·ble, adjective
  • un·ex·port·ed, adjective
  • un·ex·port·ing, adjective

Words Nearby export

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How to use export in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for export


  1. (often plural)

    • goods (visible exports) or services (invisible exports) sold to a foreign country or countries

    • (as modifier): an export licence; export finance

verb(ɪkˈspɔːt, ˈɛkspɔːt)
  1. to sell (goods or services) or ship (goods) to a foreign country or countries

  2. (tr) to transmit or spread (an idea, social institution, etc) abroad

Origin of export

C15: from Latin exportāre to carry away, from portāre to carry

Derived forms of export

  • exportable, adjective
  • exportability, noun
  • exporter, noun

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