Import definition

ĭm-pôrt, ĭmpôrt
(computers) To receive (data) into one program from another.
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The act or occupation of importing goods or materials.
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(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 TooWhen 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.
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To bring or carry in from an outside source, especially to bring in (goods or materials) from a foreign country for trade or sale.
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Meaning; signification.

The import of his statement is ambiguous.

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Something imported.

Levied a tax on imports from overseas.

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Importance; significance.

A legal decision of far-reaching import.

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Importance.
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Of or for importing or imports.
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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.

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To carry or hold the meaning of; signify.

Had trouble understanding what the strange word imported.

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Meaning; signification.
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To mean; signify.

An action that imports trouble.

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The act or business of importing (goods)
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Something imported.
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To express or make known.

The news imported by their letter.

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To betoken or indicate.

A high inflation rate importing hard times for the consumer.

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(archaic) To be of importance to; concern.
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To bring in from the outside; introduce.
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To bring (goods) from another country or countries, esp. for purposes of sale.
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A product brought in the course of commerce into a country other than the one in which it originated.
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V. The process of bringing in such products.
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(countable) Something brought in from an exterior source, especially for sale or trade.
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(uncountable) The practice of importing.
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(uncountable) Significance, importance.

It was a matter of great import.

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To bring (something) in from a foreign country, especially for sale or trade.
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To load a file into a software application from another version or system.

How can I import files from older versions of this application?

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(intransitive) To be important; to be significant; to be of consequence.
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To be of importance to (someone or something).
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To be incumbent on (someone to do something).
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To be important or crucial to (that something happen).
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To mean, signify.
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(archaic) To express, to imply.
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To purchase goods or services from a company in another country. If imports exceed exports, then the purchasing country has a trade deficit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
import
Plural:
imports

Origin of import

  • 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 in–2 portāre to carry per-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • (verb) From Middle English importen, from Middle French importer, from Latin importō (“I bring in from abroad, import”), from in (“in, at, on; into”) + portō (“I carry, bear; convey”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Italian importare, and French importer, from Latin importō.

    From Wiktionary