export meaning

[ 'ekspɔ:t ] Pronunciation:   "export" in a sentence
  • Verb: export  ek'sport
    1. Sell or transfer abroad
      "we export less than we import and have a negative trade balance" 
    2. Transfer (electronic data) out of a database or document in a format that can be used by other programs 
    3. Cause to spread in another part of the world
      "The Russians exported Marxism to Africa"
    Noun: export  eksport
    1. Commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
      - exportation

    Derived forms: exporting, exports, exported

    See also: exportation, exporter

    Type of: commodity, distribute, good, merchandise, merchandize, spread, trade, trade good, transfer

    Antonym: import

    Encyclopedia: Export Export, PA Export, Pennsylvania

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun /; AmE /


    1 [C, usually pl.]

    a product or service that is sold and sent or supplied to another country:

    Copper is Chile's biggest export.

    Demand for Asian exports has grown.

    Education provided to foreign students is considered to be a service export.

    2 exports [pl.]

    the amount or value of goods and services that are sold and sent or supplied to other countries over a period of time:

    oil/steel/wheat exports

    Exports account for around 40 per cent of the country's GDP.

    A weaker dollar would boost exports.

    Total exports of goods and services to the EU rose by 3% last year.

    3 [U]

    the selling and sending of goods or services to another country:

    There are strict controls on the export of certain chemicals.

    Most of what we produce is for export.

    export earnings/revenue

    Europe remains the UK's largest export market.

    an export licence for the sale of chemicals

    the strength of the country's export trade


    verb /; AmE /

    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    to sell and send goods or services to another country:

    Nigeria exports around two million barrels of crude oil a day.

    90% of the engines are exported to Europe.

    an exporting country/nation

    a proposal to import and export electricity between countries

    2 [+ obj]

    to introduce an idea or activity to another country or area:

    The retailer has exported its marketing expertise to the US.

    3 (IT ) [+ obj]

    to change data into a form that allows it to be used with a different type of software:

    Can you export it as an ASCII file?

    The data is exported to a database.


    exportable /; AmE / adjective:

    quality standards for exportable coffee

    exportability /; AmE / noun [U]

    exportation /; AmE / noun [U,C]

  • [Finance]
    A function of international trade whereby goods produced in one country are shipped to another country for future sale or trade. The sale of such goods adds to the producing nation's gross output. If used for trade, exports are exchanged for other products or services. Exports are one of the oldest forms of economic transfer, and occur on a large scale between nations that have fewer restrictions on trade, such as tariffs or subsidies.


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  1. the export trade subjects to many risks.
  2. sugar is one chief export of china.
  3. the blood exports waste products from the tissue.
  4. we now export all kinds of industrial products.
  5. we get export earnings from goods and services.

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