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1 commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country [syn: importation] [ant: export]
2 an imported person brought from a foreign country; "the lead role was played by an import from Sweden"; "they are descendants of indentured importees" [syn: importee]
3 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" [syn: meaning, significance, signification]
4 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" [syn: significance, implication]
5 having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment that security" [syn: consequence, moment] [ant: inconsequence]


1 bring in from abroad [ant: export]
2 indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" [syn: spell]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Import



  • (noun):
    • (RP): ĭm'pôt, /ˈɪmpɔːt/, /"ImpO:t/
    • (US): ĭm'pôrt, /ˈɪmpɔrt/, /"ImpOrt/
  • (verb):
    • (RP): ĭmpôt', /ɪmˈpɔːt/, /Im"pO:t/
    • (US): ĭmpôrt', /ɪmˈpɔrt/, /Im"pOrt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)t


(verb) From importare.


  1. Something brought in from a foreign country, especially for sale or trade.
  2. The practice of importing.
  3. Significance, importance.
    It was a matter of great import.



  • (practice of importing): export
  • (something brought in from a foreign country): export


something brought in from a foreign country
practice of importing
  • Croatian: import, uvoz
  • Czech: dovoz, import
  • Finnish: tuonti, maahantuonti
  • German: Import, Einfuhr
  • Japanese: 輸入 (yunyū)
  • Serbian: : uvoziti
  • Spanish: importación
licence for import
significance, importance
Translations to be checked


  1. To bring (something) in from a foreign country, especially for sale or trade.
  2. To load an file into an software application for use as a resource in a greater data file.


  • (bring in from a foreign country): export




From export < importare.


hr-noun m
  1. import (practice of importing)
  2. import (something brought in from a foreign country)

Extensive Definition

In economics, an import is any good or commodity, brought into one country from another country in a legitimate fashion, typically for use in trade. Import goods or services are provided to domestic consumers by foreign producers. Import of commercial quantities of goods normally requires involvement of the Customs authorities in both the country of import and the country of export.
The amount of goods and commodities imported into a nation, I, is a function of two variables, the domestic absorption, A, and the real exchange rate, σ. These two are the two largest factors of imports and they both affect imports positively.
I = I(A,σ)
Absorption, or domestic spendings, include both domestically produced and imported goods and services. When a nation increases its domestic spendings, the imports are naturally following the increase, therefore the plus sign. The real exchange rate, σ, is a nations competitiveness towards other nations since it is the relative price of goods produced at home compared to goods produced abroad. When the real exchange rate increases foreign goods become less expensive and imports then increase.

Notes and References

import in Bulgarian: Внос
import in Czech: Dovoz
import in Danish: Import
import in German: Import
import in Spanish: Importación
import in French: Importation
import in Galician: Importación
import in Korean: 수입 (국제 무역)
import in Indonesian: Impor
import in Italian: Importazione
import in Latvian: Imports
import in Lithuanian: Importas
import in Dutch: Invoer (handel)
import in Japanese: 輸入
import in Polish: Import
import in Portuguese: Importação
import in Russian: Импорт
import in Albanian: Importi
import in Simple English: Import
import in Slovak: Dovoz
import in Swedish: Import
import in Vietnamese: Nhập khẩu
import in Turkmen: Import
import in Chinese: 進口

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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