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Definition 1: commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for import in the sense of this definition

(import is a kind of ...) articles of commerce

Definition 2: having important effects or influence - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where import or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself
  • virtue is of more moment than security
  • that result is of no consequence

Synonyms for import in the sense of this definition

(import is a kind of ...) the quality of being significant

"do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"

(... is a kind of import ) (used with negation) having consequence

"they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"

(... is a kind of import ) dire consequences

"when the pig ran away there was hell to pay"

Definition 3: a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where import or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for import in the sense of this definition

(import is a kind of ...) the idea that is intended

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Definition 4: the message that is intended or expressed or signified - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where import or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for import in the sense of this definition

(import is a kind of ...) what a communication that is about something is about

(... is a kind of import ) (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality

"overtones of despair"

(... is a kind of import ) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

"without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor" "don't argue about shades of meaning"

(... is a kind of import ) the significance of a story or event

"the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"

(... is a kind of import ) the intended meaning of a communication

(... is a kind of import ) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

(... is a kind of import ) something referred to; the object of a reference

(... is a kind of import ) what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

(... is a kind of import ) the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

"the dictionary gave several senses for the word" "in the best sense charity is really a duty" "the signifier is linked to the signified"

(... is a kind of import ) the use of symbols to convey meaning

(... is a kind of import ) the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form

(... is a kind of import ) the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express

(... is a kind of import ) a brief version of the essential meaning of something

"get to the point" "he missed the point of the joke" "life has lost its point"

Definition 5: an imported person brought from a foreign country - [noun denoting person]

Samples where import or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for import in the sense of this definition

(import is a kind of ...) a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

Definition 6: indicate or signify - [verb of communication]

Samples where import or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm afraid this spells trouble!

Synonyms for import in the sense of this definition

(import is a kind of ...) mean or intend to express or convey

"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

Definition 7: bring in from abroad - [verb of possession]

(import is a kind of ...) engage in the trade of

"he is merchandising telephone sets"

(... is a kind of import ) import or export without paying customs duties

"She smuggled cigarettes across the border"

(import belongs to category ...) transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

Definition 8: transfer (electronic data) into a database or document - [verb of possession]

(import is a kind of ...) move from one place to another

"transfer the data" "transmit the news" "transfer the patient to another hospital"

(import belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

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