Meaning of IMPORT in English

I. (ˈ)im|pō(ə)r]t, əmˈp-, -ȯ(ə)r], -ōə], -ȯ(ə)], usu ]d.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English importen, from Latin importare to bring or carry into, introduce, cause, from in- in- (II) + portare to carry — more at port

transitive verb


a. : to bear or convey as purport, meaning, information, or portent : mean , signify

his words imported that some change in plans had to be made

the verse then would import that the riders have let their freedom … get out of hand — Warren Carrier

b. archaic : express , state

c. : to involve as a consequence or inevitable concomitant : imply

honor imports justice

2. : to bring from a foreign or external source : introduce from without

food imported into the city from surrounding farms

another murder case … distinguished by the local animosities sought to be imported into the trial — H.W.H.Knott

imported some college boys for the dance

especially : to bring (as wares or merchandise) into a place or country from another country

a business that imported toys from Japan

imported wheat during the grain shortage

Icelanders … imported the literature of the Continent, translating it into their own tongue — Charlton Laird

Canada also imports a great many leading scientists — Report: (Canadian) Royal Commission on National Development

— opposed to export


[Middle French importer, from Old Italian importare, from Latin]

archaic : to be of importance or consequence to : have to do with : have a bearing on : concern

intransitive verb

[Middle French importer ]

: to be of moment or consequence : matter

it imports little that we are early or late

Synonyms: see mean

II. ˈimˌp-\ noun

( -s )

1. : something contained as signification or intention : purport , meaning

trying vainly to fathom the import of the speaker's words

a gesture whose import he knew immediately

2. : weight , consequence , significance

less concerned about the literary value of his books than about their social import

a man of great import

3. : something (as an article of merchandise) brought in from an outside source (as a foreign country)

the car was a British import — Frances G. Patton

chief imports were machinery and vehicles, raw wool and cotton — Americana Annual

4. : importation

a proclamation allowing the import of an additional 51 million pounds of peanuts — Time

Synonyms: see importance

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