[verb ik-spawrt, -spohrt, ek-spawrt, -spohrt; noun, adjective ek-spawrt, -spohrt]
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.
  3. 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

1475–85; < Latin exportāre to carry out, bear away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + portāre to carry, bear
Related formsex·port·a·ble, adjectiveex·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounex·port·er, nounnon·ex·port·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·ex·port, nounsu·per·ex·port, verb (used with object)un·ex·port·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·port·ed, adjectiveun·ex·port·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exportability


noun (ˈɛkspɔːt)
  1. (often plural)
    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)
  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
Compare import
Derived Formsexportable, adjectiveexportability, nounexporter, noun

Word Origin for export

C15: from Latin exportāre to carry away, from portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for exportability



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.

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