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[v. im-pawrt, -pohrt; n. im-pawrt, -pohrt] /v. ɪmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt; n. ˈɪm pɔrt, -poʊrt/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English importen < Latin importāre. See im-1, port5
Related forms
importable, adjective
importability, noun
importer, noun
nonimport, noun
overimport, verb (used with object)
preimport, verb (used with object)
preimport, noun
unimported, adjective
unimporting, adjective
Synonyms
10. significance, sense.
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Examples for imports
  • Not only do the imports work more cheaply, they lower the price of non-imported labor.
  • Food imports rose, hydroelectric power stagnated, trucks shipped emergency water supplies.
  • US com boats have severe controls but must compete with imports that fish without management measures.
  • The only other option is to devalue the currency, which makes imports more expensive and exports cheaper.
  • Perhaps new sanctions against arms imports should be pursued.
  • On an island that imports practically all its food, including rice, a few straight weeks of such strikes could be a catastrophe.
  • It drifts toward disaster on a tinselly tide of imports.
  • And so the evening began with some good-natured grumbling about the glamour gap between the locals and the imports.
  • Currently, hydroelectric dams provide nearly half the nation's energy, with the rest from coal and natural gas imports.
  • Exporters there also have trouble finding containers to ship their goods, because so few are arriving carrying imports.
British Dictionary definitions for imports

import

verb (ɪmˈpɔːt; ˈɪmpɔːt)
1.
to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign country Compare export
2.
(transitive) 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
noun (ˈɪmpɔːt)
4.
(often pl)
  1. goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
  2. (as modifier) an import licence
5.
significance or importance a man of great import
6.
meaning or signification
7.
(Canadian, informal) a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays
Derived Forms
importable, adjective
importability, noun
importer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin importāre to carry in, from im- + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for imports

import

v.

early 15c., "convey information, express, make known, signify," from Latin importare "bring in, convey," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Sense of "bring in goods from abroad" first recorded c.1500. Related: Imported; importing.

n.

"consequence, importance," 1580s; sense of "that which is imported" is from 1680s; both from import (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for imports

import

noun

An out-of-town date brought to a dance, party, etc (1940s+ Students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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