verb (used with object)
- to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
- to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
- to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
- to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
- Computers. to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one software program from another.
- Archaic. to be of consequence or importance to; concern.
verb (used without object)
- to be of consequence or importance; to matter: We are friends, and it does not import that we have only just met.
- something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
- the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
- consequence or importance: matters of great import.
- meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.
verb (ɪmˈpɔːt, ˈɪmpɔːt)
- to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign countryCompare export
- (tr) to bring in from an outside sourceto import foreign words into the language
- rare to signify or be significant; mean; conveyto import doom
- (often plural)
- goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
- (as modifier)an import licence
- significance or importancea man of great import
- meaning or signification
- Canadian informal a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays
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.
“consequence, importance,” 1580s; sense of “that which is imported” is from 1680s; both from import (v.).