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Definition of import verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    import

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they import
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrt//
     
    he / she / it imports
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrts//
     
    past simple imported
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrtɪd//
     
    past participle imported
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form importing
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrtɪŋ//
     
    Economy
     
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  1. 1  to bring a product, a service, an idea, etc. into one country from another import something The country has to import most of its raw materials. import something (from…) (into…) goods imported from Japan into the US customs imported from the West See related entries: Economy
  2. 2 import something (from…) (into…) (computing) to get data from another program, changing its form so that the program you are using can read it
  3. opposite export
    More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘signify’): from Latin importare ‘bring in’ (in medieval Latin ‘imply, mean, be of consequence’), from in- ‘in’ + portare ‘carry’.Extra examples The store’s croissants are imported directly from France. These dogs are illegally imported into the country. goods that are imported to Britain
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