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[ verb im-pawrt, -pohrt; noun im-pawrt, -pohrt ]
/ verb ɪmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt; noun ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt /

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.



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Nearby words

impolitic, imponderabilia, imponderable, impone, imponent, import, import quota, importance, importance of being earnest, the, important, importation

Origin of import

1400–50; late Middle English importen < Latin importāre. See im-1, port5
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for importable

  • It is only to pay for importable goods that gold ever leaves the country in which the owner resides.

    Money|John P. Jones
  • So he went back to the others among the shrubs and they all crowded round their leader full of importable news.

  • And both with one consent reioyced in reuenge, whereof the passion was importable.

    The Palace of Pleasure|William Painter
  • Or the supply of importable food may fail by the peopling up of the countries which grow it.

    Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge

British Dictionary definitions for importable


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)

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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