Definition of importation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The bringing of goods or services into a country from abroad for sale.

    ‘manufacturers fought to restrict the importation of cheap foreign goods’
    ‘the government takes a tough stance on illegal drug importation’
    • ‘The European Commission used the protocol to ban importation of U.S. biotech crops.’
    • ‘Local officials reportedly profited handsomely from the illegal importation of used cars.’
    • ‘Congress has determined the value of imported goods to be their customs' value upon importation.’
    • ‘The figures of slave importations on the eve of the American Civil War bear this out - an expansion of the trade was the only way to procure more slaves.’
    • ‘The Federal Noxious Weed Law (1974) controls the importation of weed species into the United States.’
    • ‘Commercial loans for the importation of equipment are allowed up to 100 per cent of the amount invested.’
    • ‘She is working hard to make prescription drugs more affordable and importation from Canada legal.’
    • ‘What the regulations do is prohibit the importation of guns.’
    • ‘The effect of the rule was "to prevent the importation of those supplies which were indispensable for an armed resistance to Great Britain."’
    • ‘The importation of foreign films was strongly curtailed.’
  • 2The introduction of an idea from a different place or context.

    ‘his avid importation of ideas from European and Asian thinkers’
    • ‘Jumping and weight throwing he regarded as traditional Irish events; racing and cycling were dismissed as English importations.’
    • ‘He is referring to the internationalisation of English fiction that took place in the 1980s, but there was also importation from a native English tradition.’
    • ‘Globalisation, he admits, does mean 'the importation of Western culture' into poor countries.’
    • ‘His madrigals were probably the first to be known to English composers before the importation of madrigals from Italy was customary.’
    • ‘It was not the attempted importation of the Anglo-American model that was to blame for Asia's startling economic collapse in 1998.’
    • ‘The author has a good deal to say about Emerson's importation of Asian literature into his own poems and the subsequent congeniality of Buddhism for other writers in the American canon.’
    • ‘The cult of St Zita, a household servant saint, is a late medieval importation from Lucca.’
    • ‘One of the colonists ' importations was viticulture.’
    • ‘Art on Russian soil was essentially an importation of ecclesiastical models, chiefly icons, derived from Byzantine art.’
    • ‘What we have here is the perfect illustration of just what can happen to cultural importations once they make their way into the Japanese cultural mainstream.’