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Topic: ECONOMICS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: importare, from portare 'to carry'

import

2 verb
     
import2 [transitive]
1PE to bring a product from one country into another so that it can be sold there [≠ export]:
In 2001, Britain exported more cars than it imported.
import something from something
All the meat is imported from France.
2 to introduce something new or different in a place where it did not previously exist:
The unusual designs were probably imported from Iran.
import something to/into something
The US comedy format was gradually imported to UK screens.
3TDTD to move information from one computer to another [≠ export]
import something from/into something
You can now import graphics from other applications.
imported adjective:
imported autos
imported data
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