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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.
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to introduce new goods, customs, or ideas to one country from another: The fashion for wearing baseball hats was imported directly from the States. specialized computing to copy information from one computer or computer program to another: I need to import data from the database into my word processor. imported files

import

noun uk   /ˈɪm.pɔːt/ us    /-pɔːrt/

import noun (BRINGING IN)

C1 [C] goods bought by one country from another: restrictions on foreign imports C2 [U] (also importation) the action of bringing goods or fashions into a country: the illegal importation of drugs an import licence import duties

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)
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