- 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.
Origin of import
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Examples from the Web for imported
In the first six months of this year, we saw a 48 percent growth in sales of imported and craft beers.
"Right now beer is a trend," Bernardo Rivas, the owner of Bodega Mi Amiga tells me in the imported beer aisle.
Bodega Mi Amiga sells every kind of liquor you can imagine, or that is legally allowed to be imported into Panama.
But since the crop is not grown domestically, it needs to be imported.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
October 20, 2014
I first tried these ciders in Burgundy, before they were imported to the United States.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage.The Secret Agent
She had been imported from the East by her husband three years before.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
They have coal, but even the wood to kindle the coal is imported.The Long Labrador Trail
Solomon built ships and imported Phœnician sailors for his fleet.The Railroad Question
On paper, the rich purse was a gift to the imported mare Auckland.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
- 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
- (often plural)
- goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
- (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
Word Origin and History for imported
"consequence, importance," 1580s; sense of "that which is imported" is from 1680s; both from import (v.).