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import (v.)

early 15c., "signify, show, bear or convey in meaning," from Latin importare "bring in, convey, bring in from abroad," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (from PIE root *en "in") + portare "to carry," from PIE root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over." In English, the sense of "bring from another state or land," especially "bring in goods from abroad" is recorded by 1540s. As "be important" from 1580s. Related: Imported; importing.

import (n.)

1580s, "consequence, importance;" 1680s, "that which is imported;" both from import (v.).

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Definitions of import
1
import (n.)
commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country;
Synonyms: importation
import (n.)
an imported person brought from a foreign country;
the lead role was played by an import from Sweden
Synonyms: importee
import (n.)
the message that is intended or expressed or signified;
the import of his announcement was ambiguous
import (n.)
a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred;
import (n.)
having important effects or influence;
Synonyms: consequence / moment
2
import (v.)
bring in from abroad;
import (v.)
transfer (electronic data) into a database or document;
import (v.)
indicate or signify;
Synonyms: spell
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