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Definitions of import

  1. commodities ( goods or services) bought from a foreign country
  2. having important effects or influence; " decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; " virtue is of more moment that security"
  3. the message that is intended or expressed or signified; " what is the meaning of this sentence"; " the significance of a red traffic light"; " the signification of Chinese characters"; " the import of his announcement was ambigtuous"
  4. an imported person brought from a foreign country; " the lead role was played by an import from Sweden"; " they are descendants of indentured importees"
  5. indicate or signify; " I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
  6. To carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to signify.
  7. To be of importance or consequence to; to have a bearing on; to concern.
  8. To signify; to purport; to be of moment.
  9. That which a word, phrase, or document contains as its signification or intention or interpretation of a word, action, event, and the like.
  10. Importance; weight; consequence.
  11. To bring in from abroad; to introduce from without; especially, to bring ( wares or merchandise) into a place or country from a foreign country, in the transactions of commerce; - opposed to export. We import teas from China, coffee from Brasil, etc.
  12. Merchandise imported, or brought into a country from without its boundaries; - generally in the plural, opposed to exports.
  13. To bring, as goods or wares, into a country from abroad for commercial purposes; bring in from without; to mean; betoken; be of interest or consequence to; concern.
  14. To be of consequence.
  15. Merchandise brought into a country from abroad; usually in plural; meaning; significance; consequence.
  16. To carry into: to bring from abroad: to convey, as a word: to signify: to be of consequence to: to interest.
  17. That which is brought from abroad: meaning: importance: tendency.
  18. IMPORTANCE.
  19. That which is imported; signification; consequence.
  20. To bring from abroad; to signify; be of importance to.
  21. To bring in from abroad.
  22. To mean; signify.
  23. To affect seriously; be important to.
  24. Importable.
  25. Importation.
  26. That which is imported.
  27. That which is conveyed in words; signification; drift; that which is imported; importance; consequence.
  28. To bring from a foreign country or jurisdiction; to convey; to signify; to be of moment or consequence to; to concern.
  29. To bring in from another state or country; to bear or convey by words; to mean; to signify; to be of weight or consequence.
  30. That which is brought into a country; that which is conveyed by words; meaning.
  31. A method of food ingestion in Amoeba, food being drawn in on contact.
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Usage examples for import

  1. I recall another passage of wonderful import in this connection. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  2. So gently and fatherly he had said it, that she did not realize its full import till now. – Our Nervous Friends Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness by Robert S. Carroll
  3. These explanations will suffice to make the import of Michelangelo's letter clear. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  4. It might also be said, that the additional capital of the nation would enable it to import provisions sufficient for the maintenance of those whom its stock could employ. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  5. She told the story of a year which had been as big with import for one woman as for a nation. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  6. The traders quickly discovered that it was far easier and more profitable to steal cattle and slaves to exchange for ivory, than to import goods from Khartoum. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  7. Books of historical or political import, on the contrary, are frequently read over and over again, and are made to do service as authorities on grave questions discussed at " hang- out" conferences. – Notes of an Itinerant Policeman by Josiah Flynt
  8. Then she suddenly saw its possible import, and would have liked to withdraw it. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  9. But Electron took in the import of the warning loud and clear. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  10. On several other occasions the distance between Encke's comet and Mercury has been less than 10, 000, 000 miles- an amount of trifling import in comparison with the dimensions of our system. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  11. Well 'twere done; but art thou doubly sure That careless word of wrong import hath not Enwoofed itself within this note of state? – 'A Comedy of Errors' in Seven Acts by Spokeshave (AKA Old Fogy)
  12. 14 No sooner was their import known than it was conveyed by numerous letters to the colonists, from their friends in Spain. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  13. But He endured it, as He endured the Cross itself in all its mysterious import. – The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Thomas Charles Edwards
  14. Free trade's a fine thing but the market's too full of men like you for us to need to import any." – My Friend The Murderer by A. Conan Doyle
  15. Is this defect of sufficient import to render the individual irresponsible in the eyes of the law? – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  16. A ring of sarcastic apology provided the only clue she got to the import of Victor's words. – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
  17. The import of all these phrases was that he had gone. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  18. Let every State import what it pleases. – A Letter to the Hon. Samuel Eliot, Representative in Congress From the City of Boston, In Reply to His Apology For Voting For the Fugitive Slave Bill. by Hancock
  19. Already the Portuguese had commenced to import negroes from their West African possessions, both for themselves and for trade with the Spaniards, who had none. – Elizabethan Sea Dogs by William Wood
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