Imports are the products shipped into our country from other places. We import Japanese autos and export our pop music to Tokyo. Import also means to signify something. Is it of import to our economic security to have so many Japanese imports on our roads?

The origins of the word import are literally "to bring into port." The ratio of imports to exports is a big indicator of the health of a nation's economy. The word import can also refer to attitudes or behaviors that come as part of the culture of a place. "New York media is dominated by British journalists who have imported the snarky style of gossip reporting famous in London."

Definitions of import
  1. verb
    bring in from abroad
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    sell or transfer abroad
    import or export without paying customs duties
    type of:
    merchandise, trade
    engage in the trade of
  2. noun
    commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
    synonyms: importation
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    export, exportation
    commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
    type of:
    commodity, good, trade good
    articles of commerce
  3. noun
    an imported person brought from a foreign country
    “the lead role was played by an import from Sweden”
    synonyms: importee
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    type of:
    alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
    a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
  4. verb
    transfer (electronic data) into a database or document
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    transfer (electronic data) out of a database or document in a format that can be used by other programs
    type of:
    move from one place to another
  5. noun
    a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
    synonyms: implication, significance, subtext
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    type of:
    meaning, substance
    the idea that is intended
  6. noun
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
    “the import of his announcement was ambiguous”
    synonyms: meaning, significance, signification
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    lexical meaning
    the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
    grammatical meaning
    the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
    symbolisation, symbolization
    the use of symbols to convey meaning
    sense, signified
    the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
    connotation, intension
    what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
    something referred to; the object of a reference
    burden, core, effect, essence, gist
    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    intent, purport, spirit
    the intended meaning of a communication
    lesson, moral
    the significance of a story or event
    nicety, nuance, refinement, shade, subtlety
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
    a brief version of the essential meaning of something
    acceptation, word meaning, word sense
    the accepted meaning of a word
    the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
    an actual object referred to by a linguistic expression
    something (whether existing or not) that is referred to by a linguistic expression
    bottom line
    the decisive point
    crux, crux of the matter
    the most important point
    rallying point
    a point or principle on which scattered or opposing groups can come together
    talking point
    an especially persuasive point helping to support an argument or discussion
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  7. noun
    the quality of having important effects or influence
    synonyms: consequence, moment
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    having no important effects or influence
    (used with negation) having consequence
    hell to pay
    dire consequences
    type of:
    the quality of being significant
  8. verb
    indicate or signify
    synonyms: spell
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    type of:
    intend, mean
    mean or intend to express or convey
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