ex·port (ĭk-spôrt, ĕkspôrt′)
v. ex·port·ed, ex·port·ing, ex·ports
1. To send or transport (a commodity, for example) abroad, especially for trade or sale.
2. To cause the spread of (an idea, for example) in another part of the world; transmit.
a. To send (data) from one program to another: "You'll need to export your spreadsheet file into a desktop publishing program" (Jon Pepper).
b. To use an application to store (data) on disk, usually for use by another program.
To send or transport abroad merchandise, especially for sale or trade.
[Middle English exsport, from Latin exportāre : ex-, ex- + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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