import

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."

Primary Meanings of import

1.
vn
bring in from abroad
commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
2.
v
transfer (electronic data) into a database or document
3.
nv
a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
indicate or signify
Full Definitions of import
1

v bring in from abroad

Antonyms:
export
sell or transfer abroad
Types:
smuggle
import or export without paying customs duties
Type of:
merchandise, trade
engage in the trade of

n commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country

Synonyms:
importation
Antonyms:
export, exportation
commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

n an imported person brought from a foreign country

“the lead role was played by an import from Sweden”
Synonyms:
importee
Type of:
alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander
a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
2

v transfer (electronic data) into a database or document

Antonyms:
export
transfer (electronic data) out of a database or document in a format that can be used by other programs
Type of:
transfer
move from one place to another
3

n a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

Synonyms:
implication, significance
Type of:
meaning, substance
the idea that is intended

n the message that is intended or expressed or signified

“the import of his announcement was ambiguous”
Synonyms:
meaning, significance, signification
Types:
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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
referent
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
overtone
(usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
point
a brief version of the essential meaning of something
acceptation, word meaning, word sense
the accepted meaning of a word
antecedent
the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun
denotatum
an actual object referred to by a linguistic expression
designatum
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

n the quality of having important effects or influence

Synonyms:
consequence, moment
Antonyms:
inconsequence
having no important effects or influence
Types:
matter
(used with negation) having consequence
hell to pay
dire consequences
Type of:
significance
the quality of being significant

v indicate or signify

Synonyms:
spell
Type of:
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey

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