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 for import
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Import \Im*port"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imported; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Importing.] [L. importare to bring in, to occasion, to
     cause; pref. im- in + portare to bear. Sense 3 comes through
     F. importer, from the Latin. See Port demeanor.]
     1. To bring in from abroad; to introduce from without;
        especially, to bring (wares or merchandise) into a place
        or country from a foreign country, in the transactions of
        commerce; -- opposed to export. We import teas from China,
        coffee from Brazil, etc.
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     2. To carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to
        signify.
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              Every petition . . . doth . . . always import a
              multitude of speakers together.       --Hooker.
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     3. To be of importance or consequence to; to have a bearing
        on; to concern.
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              I have a motion much imports your good. --Shak.
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              If I endure it, what imports it you?  --Dryden.
  
     Syn: To denote; mean; signify; imply; indicate; betoken;
          interest; concern.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Import \Im*port"\, v. i.
     To signify; to purport; to be of moment. "For that . . .
     importeth to the work." --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Import \Im"port\, n.
     1. Merchandise imported, or brought into a country from
        without its boundaries; -- generally in the plural,
        opposed to exports.
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              I take the imports from, and not the exports to,
              these conquests, as the measure of these advantages
              which we derived from them.           --Burke.
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     2. That which a word, phrase, or document contains as its
        signification or intention or interpretation of a word,
        action, event, and the like.
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     3. Importance; weight; consequence.
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              Most serious design, and the great import. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  import
      n 1: commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign
           country [syn: import, importation] [ant: export,
           exportation]
      2: an imported person brought from a foreign country; "the lead
         role was played by an import from Sweden"; "they are
         descendants of indentured importees" [syn: import,
         importee]
      3: the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "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" [syn:
         meaning, significance, signification, import]
      4: 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"
         [syn: significance, import, implication]
      5: having important effects or influence; "decisions of great
         consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of
         more moment than security"; "that result is of no
         consequence" [syn: consequence, import, moment] [ant:
         inconsequence]
      v 1: bring in from abroad [ant: export]
      2: transfer (electronic data) into a database or document [ant:
         export]
      3: indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" [syn:
         spell, import]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  278 Moby Thesaurus words for "import":
     accent, acceptation, access, add up to, admission,
     affective meaning, allegorize, allegory, allude to, allusion,
     amount to something, arcane meaning, argue, assign, assume,
     assumption, be construed as, be featured, be prominent,
     be somebody, be something, bearing, bespeak, betoken, breathe,
     bring in, bring to mind, carry over, carry weight, coloration,
     coloring, communicate, communication, concern, concernment,
     conduction, connotation, connote, consequence, consequentiality,
     consideration, consign, construction, contagion, convection,
     convey, count, cut ice, cut some ice, deliver, delivery,
     denotation, denote, deport, deportation, design, diapedesis,
     diffuse, diffusion, disseminate, dissemination, drift, effect,
     emphasis, entail, entrance, entree, entry, essence, excellence,
     expel, export, exportation, express, expulsion, extension,
     extradite, extradition, force, get top billing, gist,
     grammatical meaning, hand forward, hand on, hand over, high order,
     high rank, hint, idea, impact, impart, implicate, implication,
     implied meaning, imply, importance, importation, importing, income,
     incoming, indicate, infer, inference, infiltration, ingoing,
     ingress, ingression, innuendo, input, insertion, insinuate,
     insinuation, intake, intend, intendment, intension, intent,
     intention, interchange, interest, interpenetration, interpretation,
     intimate, intimation, introduce, introduction, introgression,
     intrusion, involve, ironic suggestion, leakage, lexical meaning,
     literal meaning, magnitude, make over, mark, materiality, matter,
     mean, mean to say, meaning, merit, message, metaphorical sense,
     metastasis, metastasize, metathesis, metathesize, metempsychosis,
     migration, moment, momentousness, mutual transfer, note, nuance,
     object, objective, occult meaning, osmosis, overtone, paramountcy,
     pass, pass on, pass over, pass the buck, passage, passing over,
     penetration, percolation, perfuse, perfusion, pertinence, pith,
     point, point indirectly to, practical consequence, precedence,
     preeminence, presume, presumption, presuppose, presupposition,
     primacy, priority, purport, purpose, range of meaning,
     real meaning, reception, refer to, reference, referent, relation,
     relay, relevance, scope, seepage, self-importance,
     semantic cluster, semantic field, sense, significance,
     significancy, signification, significatum, signifie, signify,
     span of meaning, spell, spirit, spread, spreading, stand for,
     stand out, star, stress, structural meaning, subsense,
     subsidiary sense, substance, suggest, suggestion, sum,
     sum and substance, superiority, suppose, supposition, supremacy,
     switch, symbolic meaning, symbolism, symbolize, take for granted,
     tell, tenor, thrust, tinge, totality of associations, touch,
     transduction, transfer, transfer of property, transfer property,
     transference, transferred meaning, transfuse, transfusion, transit,
     transition, translate, translation, translocate, translocation,
     transmigration, transmigration of souls, transmission, transmit,
     transmittal, transmittance, transplace, transplacement, transplant,
     transplantation, transposal, transpose, transposition, travel,
     turn over, unadorned meaning, undercurrent, undermeaning,
     understanding, undertone, value, weigh, weight, weightiness,
     worth
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  import
  
      To read data that is not in the native format of the
     application.  For example, a web browser will have its own
     way of storing bookmarks but it will usually provide a
     function to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer.  The
     alternative is to provide an independent external conversion
     utility but this is usually less convenient for the user.
  
     (2004-11-15)
  

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