- The definition of import is to introduce or bring goods from one country to be sold in another.
- An example of import is introducing a friend from another country to deep fried Twinkies.
- An example of import is a shop owner bringing artwork back from Indonesia to sell at their San Francisco shop.
import definition by Webster's New World
- to bring in from the outside; introduce
- to bring (goods) from another country or countries, esp. for purposes of sale
- to mean; signify: an action that imports trouble
- Archaic to be of importance to; concern
Origin: Middle English importen ; from Classical Latin importare, to bring in, introduce ; from in-, in plush portare, to carry (see fare); import, , and amp; ; from Midieval Latin importare, to imply, mean, be of importance ; from Classical Latin
- the act or business of importing (goods)
- something imported
- meaning; signification
import definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb im·port·ed, im·port·ing, im·ports verb, transitive
- To bring or carry in from an outside source, especially to bring in (goods or materials) from a foreign country for trade or sale.
- Computer Science To receive (data) into one program from another.
- To carry or hold the meaning of; signify: a high inflation rate importing hard times for the consumer.
- To imply.
- Archaic To have importance for.
- Something imported.
- The act or occupation of importing goods or materials.
- Meaning; signification. See Synonyms at meaning.
- Importance; significance: a legal decision of far-reaching import. See Synonyms at importance.
Origin: Middle English importen, to convey a meaning, from Medieval Latin importāre and from Old French importer, to cause, both from Latin importāre, to carry in, cause : in-, in; see in-2 + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
- im·portˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- im·portˈa·ble adjective
- im·portˈer noun
import - Business Definition
import - Computer Definition
(1) To convert a file into the format required by the application being used. Many applications are capable of importing a variety of popular formats, converting them into the native format of the application for display, printing or editing. If an application can import a format, it can usually export to the format (convert it back). For example, most word processing programs can import documents created in other word processors. After editing, they can be saved in the native format or saved in (exported to) the document's original format. Computer-aided design (CAD) and drawing programs are used to manipulate graphics objects in their proprietary, native format. In order to modify an illustration created in another application, it must be imported. After making changes, the drawing can be saved in (exported to) the drawing's original format. Ripping Is Importing Too When a music CD is imported into jukebox software such as iTunes and converted to MP3, AAC or some other compressed audio format, it is also called "ripping." Contrast with export. See import filter and ripping. (2) To scan an image into an application. For example, the import function in Photoshop is used to activate the scanner. In this context, import means to convert the paper image to a digital image.
import - Investment & Finance Definition
To purchase goods or services from a company in another country. If imports exceed exports, then the purchasing country has a trade deficit.
import - Legal Definition
- A product brought in the course of commerce into a country other than the one in which it originated
- v. The process of bringing in such products.