Definition of export in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Send (goods or services) to another country for sale.

    ‘we exported $16 million worth of mussels to Japan’
    • ‘The finished products are exported to the rest of Central America.’
    • ‘In 1998, the country exported products worth $575 million.’
    • ‘These rules can make it impossible to export your goods into the third country market.’
    • ‘The most popular items exported by the company at present are pharmaceuticals, school text books, and items related to the security operation.’
    • ‘I am certain that most people hate the idea of exporting our horses to be made into sausages and salami.’
    • ‘Government authorities will be given the power to inspect and audit companies which export military-related equipment under new laws to be introduced later this year.’
    • ‘Many developed countries now export more developed machinery and more sophisticated consumer goods.’
    • ‘While it exports pricey services, Britain is importing capital since the rising pound is a magnet for global bond investors.’
    • ‘The ostrich meat is mainly exported to the European Union countries.’
    • ‘At the time, Britain exported industrial goods and imported agricultural ones.’
    • ‘Irish companies export more services to Britain than they do to all other 13 European Union member states combined.’
    • ‘Countries that exported agricultural goods (like Hungary) imported farm equipment.’
    • ‘The agricultural products are exported all over the world with the barley in particular being in high demand.’
    • ‘The remaining 2.17 million tonnes was exported to the mainland or other countries for recycling.’
    • ‘He has enjoyed a successful career exporting goods into Africa and now he's written a book on the subject.’
    • ‘Rice was exported at an average price of 35 % below cost of production.’
    • ‘Last year, Irish-based companies exported more than 400 consignments of dual-use goods worth €1.3bn.’
    • ‘After the cars are stolen they are passed on to another criminal, who exports them out of the country to other right-hand-drive jurisdictions.’
    • ‘Most of this is used by the domestic brewing and distilling industries with some 60,000 tonnes being exported annually.’
    • ‘With sheer devotion and dedication he built his company into a key tea exporter and spread its wings to export black tea to over 15 nations.’
    sell abroad, sell overseas, market abroad, market overseas, send abroad, send overseas, trade internationally, transport
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    1. 1.1 Spread or introduce (ideas and beliefs) to another country.
      ‘the Greeks exported Hellenic culture around the Mediterranean basin’
      • ‘That means the place is a police state, the economy is a mess and the government still wants to export these revolutionary ideas to other countries.’
      • ‘Cultural tourism is a vital part of how we export New Zealand ideas and get New Zealand jobs.’
      • ‘Nationalism, which is a European invention, was also exported to the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Now the company is exporting those ideas to other parts of the world - from Indonesia to the Congo.’
      • ‘This European belief was exported to the new world, America, without any criticism.’
      • ‘More and more Chinese and Indians are joining the faculties of top US universities - ready to export their ideas to the world from their labs at Stanford and Harvard.’
      • ‘They understand that unless you export your own culture, it dies.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is simply that America exports its culture to the world, so you can find the best of America in London, but the reverse is less true.’
      • ‘No other U.S. dance company exports American good will en masse the way this one does.’
      • ‘In principle, there is no reason why these same assumptions cannot be exported to the realm of international relations.’
      • ‘Just like African goods, our history and culture have been exported to the great powers to be reinterpreted and sold back to us.’
      • ‘A culture of violence had been exported to these countries from television, he said.’
      • ‘Preserved from generation to generation, the idea was eventually exported to America along with German emigrants.’
      • ‘Dunne believes that musicians, artists and sportsmen all export the culture of the country they come from.’
      • ‘Hasn't the Hollywood fantasy factory been generating and exporting the ideas for these spectacular attacks through action and disaster movies for years?’
      transmit, spread, disseminate, circulate, communicate, pass on, put about, convey
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    2. 1.2Computing Transfer (data) in a format that can be used by other programs.
      • ‘Once the aforementioned data is gathered into the database, one can simply choose to export data into EAD format.’
      • ‘However, we were not able to export the file or perform a ‘save as’ and possibly export it into a spreadsheet or desktop publishing program.’
      • ‘Efforts are being made to export the database to a more robust data management system like Oracle or MySQL.’
      • ‘For presentation purposes, images were exported in tiff format.’
      • ‘The data from tt can be exported in several formats into a MySQL database, an ASCII file, etc.’


usually exports
  • 1A commodity, article, or service sold abroad.

    ‘wool and mohair were the principal exports’
    • ‘The country grows 70% of the world's supply of jute, and jute products are an important export, despite falling world demand.’
    • ‘A product that is sold to the global market is an export, and a product that is bought from the global market is an import.’
    • ‘There has been some modest economic growth, the devaluation making Argentina's exports more competitive.’
    • ‘A stronger dollar makes American exports less competitive abroad, hurting sales.’
    • ‘The impact of these requirements was immediately felt in developing countries for which fishery products are an important export.’
    • ‘This is because exports can now be sold or imports bought more cheaply or more easily inside the trading area.’
    1. 1.1exports Sales of goods or services to other countries, or the revenue from such sales.
      ‘meat exports’
      • ‘And while local coal consumption has plateaued, coal exports have continued to boom.’
      • ‘The electronics maker earned almost all of its sales from exports.’
      • ‘The region's manufactured exports hit $365 billion last year, double the level of a decade earlier.’
      • ‘In addition, mineral and oil exports bring in much-needed revenue.’
      • ‘A better financial position in April to June this year will be achieved through growing profitability of sales, increased exports and reduced costs, according to the report.’
      • ‘Europe is also becoming increasingly concerned about the huge increase in Chinese textile exports to Europe.’
      • ‘Last year, over half of our total beef exports were sold in third country markets.’
      • ‘The latest data, from industrial activity to retail sales to exports, show the economy is growing at a healthy pace this quarter and will continue to do so.’
      • ‘Exports rose from $1.6 billion in 1995 to $4.2 billion in 1998.’
      • ‘China's exports increased 40 percent last year, while its imports from Latin America soared by 79.1 percent.’
      • ‘Last year, the value of total live exports was no less than 61 million.’
      • ‘The rise in exports, driven by sales to the European Union, came despite the worst floods in 15 years.’
      • ‘The carrier is expanding its fleet as more residents travel and the nation's exports grow.’
      • ‘Since the mid '80s, their share of total exports has fallen from two-thirds to just over half.’
      • ‘And consequently the percentage share of Jordanian phosphate exports in world phosphate exports declined in 1990.’
      • ‘Overall, worldwide U.S. agricultural exports rose by about $6.9 billion between 1994 and 2002.’
      • ‘At their present paces, capital-goods sales and exports in the third quarter could post their best quarterly advances since the late 1990s.’
      • ‘Total TV sales, including exports, are expected to increase by 25 to 30 per cent.’
      • ‘In response to balance of payments problems, these countries sought to expand their exports of manufactured goods.’
      • ‘We controlled for exposure to foreign markets with a measure of exports divided by sales for the previous year.’
    2. 1.2 The selling and sending out of goods or services to other countries.
      ‘the export of Western technology’
      • ‘The ban on the export of agricultural produce from Louth will also expire on April 19, providing there is no further outbreak.’
      • ‘Deeply unpopular with merchants, traders, seamen, and farmers growing crops for export, the Embargo Act was repealed in 1809.’
      • ‘In the first round, 100% tariffs were slapped on the export of all bath products.’
      • ‘In 1995 animal rights groups took direct action to prevent the live export of cattle from Britain to the Continent.’
      • ‘The Government has decided to allocate three million leva to stimulate the export of processed agricultural products.’
      • ‘Moreover, we clearly would prefer to expand the export of high value goods.’
      • ‘The international institutions and the government decreed that farmers could only get credit if they grew crops for export.’
      • ‘The main objective is to facilitate the export of goods and services from the US to countries such as Bulgaria.’
      • ‘The other is an initiative to boost the export of renewable energy technologies to developing countries.’
      • ‘The bananas grown for export are suitable for being picked when only two-thirds ripe, and continue to ripen during shipment.’
      • ‘This destruction is accelerated by the activities of cattle ranchers who grow beef for export to fast food chains in the United States.’
      • ‘Again, fear of competition, led the English parliament to prohibit the export of wool from Ireland in 1699.’
      • ‘The future development of the private sector in Russia is now at risk as a result of the wholesale export of capital.’
      • ‘The regulations provide that the board is the sole agent of growers in the sale and export of New Zealand grown hops.’
      • ‘They also provide assistance in the export of manufactured products of the heavy and chemical industries.’
      • ‘Certainly, peasant farmers can grow food crops for export, but global food prices are too low for them to make a living.’
      • ‘Modern, corporate farming - monocultural rice, or maize grown for export as cattle feed - is a prime cause of the deficiency that leads to blindness.’
      • ‘This is increasingly being recognised in Asia, which bodes well for growth in the export of these products.’
      • ‘The Confederate government could have achieved the necessary reduction in cotton production by taxing the export of cotton.’
      • ‘The vegetables and flowers they grow will be for export.’
    3. 1.3as modifier Of a high standard suitable for export.
      ‘high-grade export coal’
      • ‘Train drivers refused to cross the miners' picket, stopping the movement of all export coal to the port of Lyttelton.’
      • ‘As the end of 1999 approached, consistently dismal domestic and export coal loadings gave the nation's ports little reason to cheer.’
      • ‘An interesting issue concerns the charges for transporting Hunter Valley export coal.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘take away’): from Latin exportare, from ex- ‘out’ + portare ‘carry’. Current senses date from the 17th century.