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import (comes into general use in the 16th cent. with many meanings; 5, 7 not pre-S.)
1. to bring about, carry with it or involve as a con sequence Meas. V. i. 109, R3 III. vii. 67, Lr. IV. iii. 5 “which i-s to the kingdom so much fear and danger,” Ant. II. ii. 139.
2. to imply, betoken, indicate, signify, denote Wint. I. ii. 57, Rom. V. i. 28 “Your looks . . . do Some misadventure,” Ham. III. ii. 150 “Belike this show i-s the argument of the play,” IV. v. 27, IV. vii. 81, Oth. IV. i. 140, Sonn. cxxii. 14 “To keep an adjunct to remember thee Were to forgetfulness in me.”
3. to bear as its purport, express, state Tim. V. ii. 11, Ham. I. ii. 23 “message I-ing the surrender of those lands,” Lr. IV. v. 6, Oth. II. ii. 3, V. ii. 309; absol. John IV. iii. 17, 1H4 I. i. 51 “unwelcome news . . ., and thus it did ” (Ff “report”).
4. to portend 1H6 I. i. 2 “Comets, importing change of times and states.”
5. to be important, matter 1H4 IV. iv. 5 “How much they do ” ; with datival pron. Troil. IV. ii. 52 “it doth him much to speak with me,” Ant. I. ii. 130 “with what else more serious Importeth thee to know.”
6. to relate to, concern LLL. IV. i. 57 “This letter . . . i-eth none here,” Oth. I. iii. 285 (Q1 “concerne”).
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 1.2
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    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxxii
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