Nearby words

  1. exponential function,
  2. exponential growth,
  3. exponential horn,
  4. exponentiation,
  5. exponible,
  6. export quota,
  7. export reject,
  8. export-import bank,
  9. exportable,
  10. exportation

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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British Dictionary definitions for exportable


noun (ˈɛkspɔːt)

(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)

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
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 exportable



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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