verb in·tro·duce \ ˌin-trə-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of introduce

introduced; introducing
1 : to lead or bring in especially for the first time
  • introduce a non-native 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: such 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 (someone, such as an actor or singer) before the public for the first time
4 : place, insert
  • introduce foreign genes into crops
5 : to bring to a knowledge of something
  • introduced them to new ideas



Examples of introduce in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of introduce

Middle English, from Latin introducere, from intro- + ducere to lead — more at 1tow

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

INTRODUCE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of introduce for English Language Learners

  • : 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

INTRODUCE Defined for Kids


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

Definition of introduce for Students

introduced; introducing
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.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb in·tro·duce

legal Definition of introduce

introduced; introducing
: to present and offer (evidence) at trial

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