Meaning of import

im•port

Pronunciation: (v.im-pôrt', -pōrt'n.im'pôrt, -pōrt), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
  2. to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
  3. to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
  4. to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
  5. to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one application program from another.
  6. to be of consequence or importance to; concern.
—v.i.
  1. to be of consequence or importance; matter.
—n.
  1. something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
  2. the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
  3. consequence or importance: matters of great import.
  4. meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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