im·port /ɪmˈport, ˈpɔrt, ˈɪmˌ/
Im·port v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imported; p. pr. & vb. n. Importing.]
1. 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 Brazil, etc.
2. To carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to signify.
Every petition . . . doth . . . always import a multitude of speakers together. --Hooker.
3. To be of importance or consequence to; to have a bearing on; to concern.
I have a motion much imports your good. --Shak.
If I endure it, what imports it you? --Dryden.
Syn: -- To denote; mean; signify; imply; indicate; betoken; interest; concern.
Im·port, v. i. To signify; to purport; to be of moment. “For that . . . importeth to the work.”
1. Merchandise imported, or brought into a country from without its boundaries; -- generally in the plural, opposed to exports.
I take the imports from, and not the exports to, these conquests, as the measure of these advantages which we derived from them. --Burke.
2. That which a word, phrase, or document contains as its signification or intention or interpretation of a word, action, event, and the like.
3. Importance; weight; consequence.
Most serious design, and the great import. --Shak.
n 1: commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign
country [syn: importation] [ant: export]
2: an imported person brought from a foreign country; "the lead
role was played by an import from Sweden"; "they are
descendants of indentured importees" [syn: importee]
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" [syn: meaning, significance, signification]
4: a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred;
"the significance of his remark became clear only later";
"the expectation was spread both by word and by
implication" [syn: significance, implication]
5: having important effects or influence; "decisions of great
consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is
of more moment that security" [syn: consequence, moment]
v 1: bring in from abroad [ant: export]
2: indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" [syn: