|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|
|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|
"the lead role was played by an import from Sweden" "they are descendants of indentured importees"
|5.||[ noun ] a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred|
"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|
"I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
|Related terms:||mean meaning|
|7.||[ noun ] having important effects or influence|
"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|