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


Nearby words

  1. impolitic,
  2. imponderabilia,
  3. imponderable,
  4. impone,
  5. imponent,
  6. import quota,
  7. importance,
  8. importance of being earnest, the,
  9. important,
  10. importation

Origin of import

1400–50; late Middle English importen < Latin importāre. See im-1, port5

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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
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