import

[verb im-pawrt, -pohrt; noun im-pawrt, -pohrt]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be of consequence or importance; to matter: We are friends, and it does not import that we have only just met.

noun


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

Synonyms for import

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Examples from the Web for import

Contemporary Examples of import

Historical Examples of import

  • She was so full of her own thoughts at that time, that she did not fairly take in the import of her words.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • What mean these two days wasted at Axminster at a time when every hour is of import?

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And then there is not such mystery about these matters as we import into them.

  • She continued, therefore, without troubling herself as to their import.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • It seemed to be a question directed to them, but the import of it was lost.


British Dictionary definitions for import

import

verb (ɪmˈpɔːt, ˈɪmpɔːt)

to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign countryCompare export
(tr) to bring in from an outside sourceto import foreign words into the language
rare to signify or be significant; mean; conveyto import doom

noun (ˈɪmpɔːt)

(often plural)
  1. goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
  2. (as modifier)an import licence
significance or importancea 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
Derived Formsimportable, adjectiveimportability, nounimporter, noun

Word Origin for import

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

n.

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

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