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im·port

import

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ihm port [or] Im port
inflections: imported, importing, imports
definition 1: to bring in from an outside origin, esp. to bring in (merchandise) from a foreign country.
The United States has been importing more wine from Australia in recent years.These cheeses are imported from Denmark.We'll have to import these parts from Japan, so the repairs will take longer.
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antonyms:
export
similar words:
bring in, convey, introduce, ship, transport
definition 2: to indicate, signify, or imply.
His message seemed to import that he had changed his mind about the matter.
synonyms:
indicate, portend, signify
similar words:
communicate, connote, convey, denote, imply, mean, suggest, symbolize
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: ihm port [or] Im port
definition: to be important or significant; be of consequence.
These events import more than most people realize.
synonyms:
count, matter
similar words:
mean, signify
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: Im port
definition 1: the act of bringing in foreign goods; importation.
Tariffs on the import of these goods are rising.
synonyms:
importation
antonyms:
export
definition 2: something imported from another country.
They've always driven American cars, but we've always bought imports.
antonyms:
export
similar words:
goods, merchandise, wares
definition 3: intended meaning; indication; implication.
The import of his statement was not clear.
synonyms:
implication, intention, purport, thrust
similar words:
connotation, core, denotation, gist, indication, inference, intent, meaning, message, pith, point, sense, significance, substance, upshot
definition 4: significance; importance.
The signing of the treaty was an event of great import.
synonyms:
consequence, importance, moment, significance
antonyms:
insignificance
similar words:
account, gravity, magnitude, matter, message, value, weight
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derivations: imported (adj.), importer (n.)
Language Note
Import and export are verbs that have the same meaning but in opposite directions. Import means to bring in from another country. Export means to send to another country.

Many countries import wheat from Canada. Canada exports wheat to many countries around the world.
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