To bring or carry in from an outside source, especially to bring in (goods or materials) from a foreign country for trade or sale. Computer Science To receive (data) into one program from another. To carry or hold the meaning of; signify: a high inflation rate importing hard times for the consumer. To imply. Archaic To have importance for. To be significant. See Synonyms at count1. Something imported. The act or occupation of importing goods or materials. Meaning; signification. See Synonyms at meaning. Importance; significance: a legal decision of far-reaching import. See Synonyms at importance.