to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
Computers. to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one software program from another.
Archaic. to be of consequence or importance to; concern.
to be of consequence or importance; to matter: We are friends, and it does not import that we have only just met.
something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
consequence or importance: matters of great import.
meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.
- im·port·a·ble, adjective
- im·port·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- im·port·er, noun
- non·im·port, noun
- o·ver·im·port, verb (used with object)
- pre·im·port, verb (used with object)
- pre·im·port, noun
- un·im·port·ed, adjective
- un·im·port·ing, adjective
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How to use import in a sentence
China has fallen behind in its purchases of American agricultural products and energy imports.Jefferies strategist expects China to fulfill its U.S. trade deal commitments for an unexpected reason | Veta Chan | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
The resulting production slowdown caused bottlenecks for all of sorts of imports.
The import reduction is due to three main factors, according to spirits industry veteran Adam Levy.Covid-19 and a trade war are a deadly mix for US liquor imports | Dan Kopf | August 21, 2020 | Quartz
India’s smart move to tackle this dual problem was to launch a policy which could reduce the crude oil import along with handling the environmental crisis.How an Indian flight could run on biofuel—but India cannot | Monika Mandal | August 11, 2020 | Quartz
The company also announced new initiatives to automate data imports into Google Ads.Google extends lead forms to YouTube, Discovery campaigns | Ginny Marvin | August 5, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The import of those words resonated through my entire being.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
CEO Mark Thompson, a solidly-built, 6-foot-2 import from the BBC.Dean Baquet, the NYT’s Executive Editor, on Jill Abramson, Race, Surviving Cancer—and TMZ Envy | Lloyd Grove | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is it possible that Zima might even make a comeback in the U.S.A, perhaps as some sort of exotic import?
How the Export-import Bank” became a target “for Tea Party wrath is a little strange to me.
Earlier this year, a Long Island man admitted to trying to import 40,000 piranhas from Hong Kong.
When you next hear of, or see Philip Wharton, you will understand the import of your own words.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
I add nothing to the “Extremes,” import nothing from abroad in regard to them, invent nothing.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Porson smoked many bundles of cheroots, which nabobs began to import.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The verb (—) in the Hebrew, when connected with the name of God in different other passages, has the same import.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
If performed to God, it is, according to the import of the expression confessing to him, to Covenant.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for import
to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign country: Compare export
(tr) to bring in from an outside source: to import foreign words into the language
rare to signify or be significant; mean; convey: to import doom
goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
(as modifier): an import licence
significance or importance: a man of great import
meaning or signification
Canadian informal a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays
- importable, adjective
- importability, noun
- importer, noun
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