importim‧port1 /ˈɪmpɔːt $ -ɔːrt/ ●●○ noun1[countable, uncountable]PEBUY a product that is brought from one country into another so that it can be sold there, or the business of doing this opp exporta ban on beef importsthe abolition of import duties (=taxes)import fromcheap imports from AsiaAmerican demand for Japanese imports (=goods from Japan)the import of electrical goods► see thesaurus at product2[countable] something new or different that is brought to a place where it did not previously existThe beetle is thought to be a European import.3[uncountable] formalimportance or meaning → significancea matter of no great importCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + imports foreign importsForeign imports into Britain continued to grow in the 1970s.cheap importsFarmers are complaining about cheap imports flooding the market.Japanese/French etc imports (=goods from Japan, France etc)Japanese imports rose by 5% last year.oil/coal/food importsThe country is dependent on oil imports for almost all its basic energy needs.rice/sugar etc importsThere is pressure on the country to reduce its rice imports.agricultural importsRestrictions on agricultural imports remain in place.essential importsThe country had problems paying for its essential imports.luxury importsHigher duties were placed on luxury imports.verbsincrease importsThe company increased imports in order to cut domestic production costs.reduce/cut importsNew investment will reduce imports and save jobs.control/restrict imports (=reduce or put a limit on them)The scheme aims to control imports of cheap goods.ban imports (=make them illegal)The organization wants the government to ban imports of exotic birds.imports increase/rise/growImports increased by 13 percent last year.imports fall/dropImports of consumer goods fell sharply in December.import + NOUNan import banThe US imposed an import ban on several types of fish.import restrictions/controls (=laws which reduce or limit the amount of imports)Severe import controls were introduced.import quotas (=limits on the number of imports allowed)Each country introduced its own import quotas.import taxes/duties/tariffsThe US imposed huge import duties on products from Europe.
importim·port2 /ɪmˈpɔːt $ -ɔːrt/ ●●○ verb [transitive]1PEBUYto bring a product from one country into another so that it can be sold there opp exportIn 2001, Britain exported more cars than it imported.import something from somethingAll the meat is imported from France.2to introduce something new or different in a place where it did not previously existThe unusual designs were probably imported from Iran.import something to/into somethingThe US comedy format was gradually imported to UK screens.3TDto move information from one computer to another opp exportimport something from/into somethingYou can now import graphics from other applications. —imported adjectiveimported autosimported data→ See Verb table
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import• Cecil had imported a tribe of Bedouins to the site to play the spectacularscenes.• King felt that importingadditionalslaves would make national defense more difficult and costly.• Wood for the project will be imported from China.• Most of the wines served in this restaurant are imported from France.• These are made mainly of grain, much of which is imported from other parts of the world.• There are new integratededitors for digitised sound play and editing - sound can be imported from Windows or AdLib files.• The United States has to import some of its oil.From Longman Business Dictionaryimportim‧port1 /ˈɪmpɔːt-ɔːrt/ noun1[countable usually plural]COMMERCE something that is made in one country and brought into another, usually in order to be sold thereThe shops are full of cheap imports.2[countable usually plural, uncountable]COMMERCE the activity of bringing goods into a country SYN IMPORTATIONimport ofUS regulations on the import of four-wheel drive vehiclesa ban on imports of exotic birdsA slowdown in Japan’s domestic economy led to a sharp decline in imports of luxury cars.3imports [plural]ECONOMICS the amount or value of the goods brought into a country over a particular period of timeWith a strong dollar, US exports will continue to decline and imports will rise. →parallel imports →visible importsimportim‧port2 /ɪmˈpɔːt-ɔːrt/ verb [transitive]1COMMERCEto bring something into a country from abroad, usually in order to sell itWe must reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil.import something from somethingBees were imported from Africa in an effort to improve honey production.import something into somethingThese raw materials are all imported into Korea, as there are no local producers.2COMPUTING to move information from one computer or softwareprogram into anotherYou can either type your data into this form or you can import data from a spreadsheet.→ See Verb table