1. [ verb ] (business) bring in from abroad
Related terms: export trade smuggle commerce importing
2. [ noun ] (business) commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
Synonyms: importation
Related terms: export commodity
3. [ noun ] the message that is intended or expressed or signified
Synonyms: meaning significance signification

"what 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"

Related terms: message sense point effect moral intent sense nuance overtone symbolization lexical_meaning grammatical_meaning referent mean mean spell
4. [ noun ] an imported person brought from a foreign country
Synonyms: importee

"the lead role was played by an import from Sweden" "they are descendants of indentured importees"

Related terms: foreigner
5. [ noun ] a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
Synonyms: significance implication

"the significance of his remark became clear only later" "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"

Related terms: meaning imply
6. [ verb ] indicate or signify
Synonyms: spell

"I'm afraid this spells trouble!"

Related terms: mean meaning
7. [ noun ] having important effects or influence
Synonyms: consequence moment

"decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself" "virtue is of more moment that security"

Related terms: inconsequence significance hell_to_pay matter
Similar spelling:   importer