Simple Definition of introduce
: to make (someone) known to someone else by name
: to cause (something) to begin to be used for the first time
: to make (something) available for sale for the first time
Full Definition of introduce
1 : to lead or bring in especially for the first time <introduce a nonnative species>
2 a : to bring into play b : to bring into practice or use : institute
3 : to lead to or make known by a formal act, announcement, or recommendation: as a : to cause to be acquainted b : to present formally at court or into society c : to present or announce formally or officially or by an official reading <introduce legislation> d : to make preliminary explanatory or laudatory remarks about e : to bring (as an actor or singer) before the public for the first time
5 : to bring to a knowledge of something <introduced them to new ideas>
Examples of introduce
Let me introduce myself: my name is John Smith.
They have been slow to introduce changes in procedure.
The designer is introducing a new line of clothes.
He introduced several issues during the meeting.
New evidence was introduced at the trial.
introduce a bill to Congress
Origin of introduce
Middle English, from Latin introducere, from intro- + ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of introduce
INTRODUCE Defined for Kids
Definition of introduce
1 : to cause to be acquainted : make known <Our new neighbor introduced herself.>
2 : to bring into practice or use <My teacher introduced a new rule.>
3 : to make available for sale for the first time <New fashions were introduced.>
4 : to bring forward for discussion or consideration <Her lawyer introduced new evidence.>
5 : to put in : insert <New computers have been introduced into the office.>
Word Root of introduce
The Latin word ducere, meaning “to lead,” and its form ductus give us the roots duc and duct. Words from the Latin ducere have something to do with leading. A duct is a tube that leads from one place or organ to another. To educate, or teach, is to lead to knowledge. To induce is to lead into a particular state.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up introduce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).