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importverb [T]

 us   /ɪmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/

import verb [T] (BRING IN)

to ​bring in ​products, ​goods, etc. from another ​country for ​sale or use: We import a ​largenumber of ​cars from Japan. To import ​information into a ​program or ​computer is to ​copy it from another ​program or ​form of ​storage.
importation
noun [U]  us   /ˌɪm·pɔrˈteɪ·ʃən, -poʊr-/
He ​opposedefforts to ​allow the importation of ​prescriptiondrugs from other ​countries.

importnoun

 us   /ˈɪm·pɔrt, -poʊrt/

import noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] fml the ​importance given to something: It is still too early to ​judge the ​political import of his ​speech.

import noun (PRODUCT)

[C] something ​bought and taken into a ​country from another: Imports of ​foreigncars are at an all-time high.
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Definition of "import" - British English Dictionary

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importverb [T]

uk   /ɪmˈpɔːt/  us   /ˈɪm.pɔːrt/
B2 to ​buy or ​bring in ​products from another ​country: We import a ​largenumber of ​cars from Japan.
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to ​introduce new ​goods, ​customs, or ​ideas to one ​country from another: Jazz is an American ​modification of ​musicalconventions imported fromEurope. the ​spelling of imported words specialized computing to ​copyinformation from one ​computer or ​computerprogram to another: I need to import ​data from the ​database into this ​spreadsheet. imported ​files
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importation
noun [U] /ˌɪm·pɔˈteɪ·ʃən/  us /ˌɪm·pɔrˈteɪ·ʃən, -poʊr-/
He ​opposedefforts to ​allow the importation of ​prescriptiondrugs from other ​countries.

importnoun

uk   /ˈɪm.pɔːt/  us   /-pɔːrt/

import noun (BRINGING IN)

C1 [C] goodsbought by one ​country from another: restrictions on ​foreign importsC2 [U] (also importation) the ​action of ​bringinggoods or ​fashions into a ​country: the ​illegal importation of ​drugs an import ​licence import ​duties
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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.
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importnoun

uk   us   /ˈɪmpɔːt/ COMMERCE
[C, usually plural] a ​product that is made in one country and ​brought into another, especially in ​order to ​sell it: Oil is our most important import by far. cheap/​expensive/imports
[C or U] the ​activity or ​business of ​bringinggoods into a country from another country: The ​authoritiesimposed a ban on imports of hormone-treated beef. Trade (the ​sum of exports and imports) was ​equivalent to 44% of ​GDP. The ​officials were ​accused of ​evadingtariffs on the import of ​cars and other ​luxurygoods.
imports [plural] the ​quantity of ​goodsbrought into one country from another during a particular ​period of ​time, or the ​value of these ​goods: US imports of ​vehicles from Japan ​rose to $2.23 ​billion in March. growth/​increase/​decline in imports
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importverb

uk   us   /ɪmˈpɔːt/
[I or T] COMMERCE to ​bring a ​product into a country from another country, especially in ​order to ​sell it: In some large ​chains, more than 80% of all ​produce is imported. For four ​consecutivequarters, the country has ​exported more than it has imported.import sth from/into sth We can ​undercut British ​showroomprices by up to 30% by importing ​cars from ​cheaperEuropeanmarkets. Some of the Chinese ​cars being imported into ​European countries use ​electricalcomponents from Germany. Machinery ​products must ​comply with the ​safetyregulations of the importing countries.
[T] to ​introduce new ​goods, ​customs, or ​ideas to one country from another: The Brazilian-owned ​steelcompany has become one of the two biggest ​employers in town, importing a new ​managementstyle and fresh ​capital to the ​area.
[T] IT to ​copyinformation from one ​computer or ​computerprogram to another: The ​images can be imported directly into the ​pagelayout.
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importable
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20 ​industrialfabrics were ​moved on to the ​list of freely importable ​goods in 2005.
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