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[v. ik-spawrt, -spohrt, ek-spawrt, -spohrt; n., adj. ek-spawrt, -spohrt] /v. ɪkˈspɔrt, -ˈspoʊrt, ˈɛk spɔrt, -spoʊrt; n., adj. ˈɛk spɔrt, -spoʊrt/
verb (used with object)
to ship (commodities) to other countries or places for sale, exchange, etc.
to send or transmit (ideas, institutions, etc.) to another place, especially to another country.
Computers. to save (documents, data, etc.) in a format usable by another software program.
verb (used without object)
to ship commodities to another country for sale, exchange, etc.
the act of exporting; exportation:
the export of coffee.
something that is exported; an article exported:
Coffee is a major export of Colombia.
of or relating to the exportation of goods or to exportable goods:
export duties.
produced for export:
an export beer.
Origin of export
1475-85; < Latin exportāre to carry out, bear away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + portāre to carry, bear
Related forms
exportable, adjective
exportability, noun
exporter, noun
nonexportable, adjective
superexport, noun
superexport, verb (used with object)
unexportable, adjective
unexported, adjective
unexporting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for export
  • Such items are not permitted to be taken abroad without an export license from the antiquities agency.
  • Better roads and railways would help farmers get their produce to cities and enable manufacturers to export their goods abroad.
  • One of the unintended side effects of colonialism was the export.
  • It is a local tourist center and an export point.
  • After all, the cheesesteak is Philadelphia's most famous culinary export.
  • The card will also import home movies, but will not export them.
  • The economy is heavily dependent on the extraction and processing of minerals for export.
  • Higher crude oil prices countered declining oil production and led to higher budgetary and export receipts.
  • He could neither export any of the produce of his country, nor import what he needed.
  • It helped the economy, too, by freeing up more grain for export.
British Dictionary definitions for export


noun (ˈɛkspɔːt)
(often pl)
  1. goods (visible exports) or services (invisible exports) sold to a foreign country or countries
  2. (as modifier): an export licence, export finance
verb (ɪkˈspɔːt; ˈɛkspɔːt)
to sell (goods or services) or ship (goods) to a foreign country or countries
(transitive) to transmit or spread (an idea, social institution, etc) abroad
Compare import
Derived Forms
exportable, adjective
exportability, noun
exporter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exportāre to carry away, from portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for export

by 1610s; perhaps from late 15c., from Latin exportare "to carry out, send away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + portare "carry" (see port (n.1)). The sense of "send out (commodities) from one country to another" is first recorded in English 1660s. The noun is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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