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English noun: import

1. import (artifact) commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country


Broader (hypernym)commodity, good, trade good

Antonymsexport, exportation

2. import (person) an imported person brought from a foreign country

SamplesThe lead role was played by an import from Sweden.
They are descendants of indentured importees.


Broader (hypernym)alien, foreigner, noncitizen, outlander

3. import (communication) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

SamplesWhat is the meaning of this sentence.
The significance of a red traffic light.
The signification of Chinese characters.
The import of his announcement was ambiguous.

Synonymsmeaning, significance, signification

Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance

Narrower (hyponym)burden, connotation, core, effect, essence, gist, grammatical meaning, intension, intent, lesson, lexical meaning, moral, nicety, nuance, overtone, point, purport, referent, refinement, sense, shade, signified, spirit, subtlety, symbolisation, symbolization

4. import (cognition) a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

SamplesThe significance of his remark became clear only later.
The expectation was spread both by word and by implication.

Synonymsimplication, significance

Broader (hypernym)meaning, substance

5. import (attribute) having important effects or influence

SamplesDecisions of great consequence are made by the president himself.
Virtue is of more moment than security.
That result is of no consequence.

Synonymsconsequence, moment

Broader (hypernym)significance

Narrower (hyponym)hell to pay, matter


English verb: import

1. import (possession) bring in from abroad

ExamplesSam and Sue import the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)merchandise, trade

Narrower (hyponym)smuggle

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism


2. import (possession) transfer (electronic data) into a database or document

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)transfer

Domain categorycomputer science, computing


3. import (communication) indicate or signify

SamplesI'm afraid this spells trouble!.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)intend, mean

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