• "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
    "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v import indicate or signify "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
    • v import transfer (electronic data) into a database or document
    • v import bring in from abroad
    • n import commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
    • n import 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"
    • n import 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"
    • n import 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"
    • n import an imported person brought from a foreign country "the lead role was played by an import from Sweden","they are descendants of indentured importees"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England
Earthenware vessels used for the storage of foods. Some were made at Jamestown, some were imported from England Earthenware vessels used for the storage of foods. Some were made at Jamestown, some were imported from England

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1990, over 4 billion dollars of coffee was imported into the United States.
    • Import Importance; weight; consequence. "Most serious design, and the great import ."
    • Import Merchandise imported, or brought into a country from without its boundaries; -- generally in the plural, opposed to exports. "I take the imports from, and not the exports to, these conquests, as the measure of these advantages which we derived from them."
    • Import That which a word, phrase, or document contains as its signification or intention or interpretation of a word, action, event, and the like.
    • Import To be of importance or consequence to; to have a bearing on; to concern. "I have a motion much imports your good.""If I endure it, what imports it you?"
    • Import 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.
    • Import To carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to signify. "Every petition . . . doth . . . always import a multitude of speakers together."
    • v. i Import To signify; to purport; to be of moment. "For that . . . importeth to the work."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Japan is the world's leading importer of iron ore.
    • import To bring from without; introduce from abroad; especially, to bring from a foreign country, or from another state, into one's own country or state: opposed to export: as, to import wares and merchandise.
    • import Hence To bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: as, to import irrelevant matter into a discussion.
    • import To bear or convey in meaning or implication; signify; mean; denote; betoken.
    • import To be of importance, interest, or consequence to; concern; have a bearing upon.
    • import To have significance; be of importance.
    • n import That which is imported or brought from without or from abroad; especially, merchandise brought into one country from another: usually in the plural: opposed to export.
    • n import The intrinsic meaning conveyed by anything; the significance borne by, or the interpretation to be drawn from, an event, action, speech, writing, or the like; purport; bearing: as, the import of one's conduct.
    • n import Importance; consequence; moment.
    • n import Synonyms Sense, gist, tenor, substance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Quinine, one of the most important drugs known to man, is obtained from the dried bark of an evergreen tree native to South America.
    • v.t Import im-pōrt′ to carry into: to bring from abroad: to convey, as a word: to signify: to be of consequence to: to interest
    • n Import that which is brought from abroad: meaning: importance: tendency
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”
  • Georges Clemenceau
    “War is too important a matter to be left to the military.”
  • George Mcgovern
    George Mcgovern
    “The longer the title, the less important the job.”
  • Willie Shoemaker
    Willie Shoemaker
    “When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important.”
  • Jose Ferrer
    Jose Ferrer
    “I am more important than my problems.”
  • Simone Weil
    “The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. importāre, -ātumin, in, portāre, to carry.


In literature:

The industries include brewing and malting, coach-building, lime-burning and founding, and there are important horse and cattle markets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
Bologna is an important railway centre, just as the ancient Bononia was a meeting-point of important roads.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
Some of them had already had important histories.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
In a few months he was overwhelmed with important duties.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
In Ethics, Abelard seems to have attached importance to the psychological element in the action, rather than to the action itself.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
The most important was that of the twelve northern tribes which met alternately at Delphi and Thermopylae.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
It is an important post on the military road to the frontier.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Potatoes, rye, lucerne and other kinds of forage are also important crops.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
Your task is difficult and important.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
August 16, 1917, marked another important advance for the French and British.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various

In poetry:

Jesus, in that important hour,
His mighty arm made known;
He ransomed us by price, and pow'r,
And claimed us for his own.
"We Were Pharaoh's Bondmen" by John Newton
Let us all vigilant appear,
The great, th' important, day is near ;
Christ says, 'tis even at the door,
Oil in our lamps, then, let us pour.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
Yet, Prudence, still Rein thou my will!
What's most important make most dear!
For 'tis in this Resides true bliss;
True bliss, a deity severe!
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
This is th' important day, that brought
To ev'ry Christian, what he sought,
This is the day, that gave the blow,
Foretold unto our mortal foe!
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
He joined the other six with pleasure,
Proud such important men to know,
Agreeing that their first great measure
Should be to shorten the word though.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler
Because you do not wish me to perceive
You smile at my simplicity--You smile
That I can think of nothing more important
To ask about the holy hill of hills:
Do you not?
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

According to Karthick Ramakrishnan, Director of the National Asian American Survey (NAAS), AAPIs are an important and growing political constituency.
The ISA Standard and the ASM Consortium Guidelines Both Offer Important Information About Alarm Management.
An important part of United Way of Southwest Minnesota's work is the annual citizen review of local not-for-profit organizations that seek affiliation and grant funding from United Way.
Failed attempt to turn around Albert Haynesworth could serve as important reminder.
A long, long, long time ago, when I had just started writing about wine, I typed (on a typewriter) a piece for a now-defunct magazine about the importance of getting on wineries' mailing lists.
Some important safety measures, such as asking open-ended questions, are neither complicated nor costly.
City's railroad terminal important in moving troops and supplies.
Junior point guard Levance Fields is likely to return to the starting lineup today when Pitt plays host to Louisville for an important Big East Conference game at the Petersen Events Center.
If you've found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you're not alone.
Attitude, pride, character more important than athleticism .
In addition to the inherent importance of education and its essential role in economic growth, education and health are strongly related.
That period ends with national signing day on Feb 1, and it's shaping up to be a very important class for the program.
) But putting in the legwork is most important.
One of the most important offseasons in recent Royals history will not, and cannot, end in disaster.
Scott Fitzgerald as the most important or one of the most important American writers of the 20th century.

In science:

This can be explained as already mentioned in Section 3; for small λ∗ 0 the scattering point of few step particles are important, while for large λ∗ 0 the effect of finite initial mean free path is important.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Importance sampling helps us sample from the important regions of the sample space.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Importance sampling is an important topic in Monte Carlo theory and practice.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Importance sampling helps us sample from the important regions of the sample space.
Monte Carlo: Basics
In this example, there is a clear split between important (system) variables and the less important (environment) variables.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction