import

[v. im-pawrt, -pohrt; n. im-pawrt, -pohrt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
2.
to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
3.
to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
4.
to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
5.
Computers. to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one software program from another.
6.
Archaic. to be of consequence or importance to; concern.
verb (used without object)
7.
to be of consequence or importance; matter.
noun
8.
something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
9.
the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
10.
consequence or importance: matters of great import.
11.
meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English importen < Latin importāre. See im-1, port5

importable, adjective
importability, noun
importer, noun
nonimport, noun
overimport, verb (used with object)
preimport, verb (used with object)
preimport, noun
unimported, adjective
unimporting, adjective


10. significance, sense.
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import
 
vb
1.  Compare export to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign country
2.  (tr) to bring in from an outside source: to import foreign words into the language
3.  rare to signify or be significant; mean; convey: to import doom
 
n
4.  (often plural)
 a.  goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
 b.  (as modifier): an import licence
5.  significance or importance: a man of great import
6.  meaning or signification
7.  informal (Canadian) a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays
 
[C15: from Latin importāre to carry in, from im- + portāre to carry]
 
im'portable
 
adj
 
importa'bility
 
n
 
im'porter
 
n

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Word Origin & History

import
early 15c., "convey information, express, make known," from L. importare "bring in, convey," from in- "into" + portare "to carry" (see port (1)). Sense of "bring in goods from abroad" first recorded c.1500. The noun meaning "consequence, importance" is from 1580s; sense of
"that which is imported" is from 1680s.
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Computing Dictionary

import definition

data
To read data that is not in the native format of the application. For example, a web browser will have its own way of storing bookmarks but it will usually provide a function to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer. The alternative is to provide an independent external conversion utility but this is usually less convenient for the user.
(2004-11-15)

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Example sentences
It's disrespectful to the people in those professions, it doesn't respect the
  significance or the import of what they do.
His works, many controversial, depict import social issues and historic periods.
It's also one that's of cinematic and, more generally, artistic import.
They added up to a corpus of civilization, a series whose import had real
  stakes.
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