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Meaning & Definition of Import in English

English

Import

/ɪmpɔrt/

noun

1. Commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country

    synonym:
  • import
  • ,
  • importation

2. An imported person brought from a foreign country

  • "The lead role was played by an import from sweden"
  • "They are descendants of indentured importees"
    synonym:
  • import
  • ,
  • importee

3. The message that is intended or expressed or signified

  • "What is the meaning of this sentence"
  • "The significance of a red traffic light"
  • "The signification of chinese characters"
  • "The import of his announcement was ambiguous"
    synonym:
  • meaning
  • ,
  • significance
  • ,
  • signification
  • ,
  • import

4. A meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

  • "The significance of his remark became clear only later"
  • "The expectation was spread both by word and by implication"
    synonym:
  • significance
  • ,
  • import
  • ,
  • implication

5. Having important effects or influence

  • "Decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"
  • "Virtue is of more moment than security"
  • "That result is of no consequence"
    synonym:
  • consequence
  • ,
  • import
  • ,
  • moment

verb

1. Bring in from abroad

    synonym:
  • import

2. Transfer (electronic data) into a database or document

    synonym:
  • import

3. Indicate or signify

  • "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
    synonym:
  • spell
  • ,
  • import

Examples of using

Japan has to import oil.
Japan began to import rice from the United States.
The author's verbiage produced a document of mammoth size and microscopic import.