Definitions for: Import

[n] commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
[n] having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment that security"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] an imported person brought from a foreign country; "the lead role was played by an import from Sweden"; "they are descendants of indentured importees"
[v] indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
[v] bring in from abroad

Webster (1913) Definition: Im*port", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imported; p. pr. & vb.
n. Importing.] [L. importare to bring in, to occasion, to
cause; pref. im- in + portare to bear. Sense 3 comes through
F. importer, from the Latin. See Port demeanor.]
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 Brasil, etc.

2. To carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to

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; sighify; imply; indicate; betoken;
interest; concern.

Im*port", v. i.
To signify; to purport; to be of moment. ``For that . . .
importeth to the work.'' --Bacon.

Im"port, n.
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.

Synonyms: consequence, implication, importation, importee, meaning, moment, significance, significance, signification, spell

Antonyms: export, export, exportation, inconsequence

See Also: alien, burden, commodity, connotation, content, core, effect, essence, foreigner, gist, goods, grammatical meaning, hell to pay, intend, intension, intent, lesson, lexical meaning, matter, mean, meaning, merchandise, message, moral, nicety, noncitizen, nuance, outlander, overtone, point, purport, referent, refinement, sense, shade, significance, signified, smuggle, spirit, subject matter, substance, substance, subtlety, symbolisation, symbolization, trade, trade goods

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