import definition, meaning - what is import in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “import”

See all translations

import

verb [T] uk   /ɪmˈpɔːt/  us   /ˈɪm.pɔːrt/
B2 to buy or bring in products from another country: We import a large number of cars from Japan.
Compare
to introduce new goods, customs, or ideas to one country from another: Jazz is an American modification of musical conventions imported from Europe. the spelling of imported words specialized computing to copy information from one computer or computer program to another: I need to import data from the database into this spreadsheet. imported files
More examples
importation
noun [U] /ˌɪm·pɔˈteɪ·ʃən/  us /ˌɪm·pɔrˈteɪ·ʃən, -poʊr-/
He opposed efforts to allow the importation of prescription drugs from other countries.

import

noun uk   /ˈɪm.pɔːt/  us   /-pɔːrt/

import noun (BRINGING IN)

C1 [C] goods bought by one country from another: restrictions on foreign importsC2 [U] (also importation) the action of bringing goods or fashions into a country: the illegal importation of drugs an import licence import duties
More examples

import noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] formal importance or meaning: Whether it is to be a "working" visit or an "official" visit is of little/no import.
(Definition of import from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of import?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “import” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More