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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; to matter:
We are friends, and it does not import that we have only just met.
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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British Dictionary definitions for preimport

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 preimport

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.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for preimport

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.
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