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verb in·tro·duce \ˌin-trə-ˈdüs, -ˈdyüs\

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

in·tro·ducedin·tro·duc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lead or bring in especially for the first time <introduce a nonnative species>

  3. 2 a :  to bring into play b :  to bring into practice or use :  institute

  4. 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. 4 :  place, insert <introduce foreign genes into crops>

  6. 5 :  to bring to a knowledge of something <introduced them to new ideas>

in·tro·duc·er noun

Examples of introduce

  1. Let me introduce myself: my name is John Smith.

  2. They have been slow to introduce changes in procedure.

  3. The designer is introducing a new line of clothes.

  4. He introduced several issues during the meeting.

  5. New evidence was introduced at the trial.

  6. 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, insert, insinuate, interpolate, intercalate, interpose, interject mean to put between or among others. introduce is a general term for bringing or placing a thing or person into a group or body already in existence <introduced a new topic into the conversation>. insert implies putting into a fixed or open space between or among <inserted a clause in the contract>. insinuate implies introducing gradually or by gentle pressure <insinuated himself into the group>. interpolate applies to the inserting of something extraneous or spurious <interpolated her own comments into the report>. intercalate suggests an intrusive inserting of something in an existing series or sequence <new chapters intercalated with the old>. interpose suggests inserting an obstruction or cause of delay <interpose barriers to communication>. interject implies an abrupt or forced introduction <interjected a question>.


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