Pronunciation: (ôrt', -pōrt';'pôrt, -pōrt),
1. to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
2. to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
3. to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
4. to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
5. bring (documents, data, etc.) into one application program from another.
6. be of consequence or importance to; concern.

to be of consequence or importance; matter.

1. something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
2. the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
3. consequence or importance: matters of great import.
4. meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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