in·tro·duce | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \
introduced; introducing

Definition of introduce 

transitive verb

1 : to lead to or make known by a formal act, announcement, or recommendation: such as

a : to cause to be acquainted

b : to make preliminary explanatory or laudatory remarks about

c : to bring (someone, such as an actor or singer) before the public for the first time

d : to present or announce formally or officially or by an official reading introduce legislation

e : to present formally at court or into society

2 : to lead or bring in especially for the first time … U.S. fishery managers have introduced exotic species into most waters in North America, largely to please sport fishermen. —Yvonne Baskin

3a : to bring into play

b : to bring into practice or use : institute

4 : to bring to a knowledge of something introduced them to new ideas

5 : place, insert introduce foreign genes into crops

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Other words from introduce

introducer noun

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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

Examples of introduce in a Sentence

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
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Drivers began turning cars into campers shortly after they were introduced including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, who conducted annual camping trips from 1913 to 1924. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 That’s how they first got introduced to a lot of stuff that in the workplace lagged for a long time and now isn’t. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018 After it was introduced in January, SB 1415 was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Philip Athey, azcentral, "Fact check: Mailer attacking Sen. Kate Brophy McGee's record on tax bill misses the mark," 10 July 2018 They were introduced by European explorers on their arrival to the islands, sometime in the late 18th or early 19th centuries. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 She was introduced to Frank Garvis by a mutual friend., "Mary Ann Garvis," 8 July 2018 He was introduced to the crowd Monday night in the bottom of the third inning and received a standing ovation. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thirteen things you may have forgotten about Milwaukee's acquisition of CC Sabathia 10 years ago," 6 July 2018 The CSeries has struggled against those rivals, garnering just 400 orders since it was introduced a decade ago. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Boeing to Take Over Embraer’s Commercial-Jet Business," 5 July 2018 The first was in the Sicilian town of Taormina in the late 1970s, when I was introduced to the prodigious variety of eggplant dishes. Evan Kleiman,, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of introduce

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for introduce

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

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English Language Learners 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


in·tro·duce | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdüs , -ˈdyüs \
introduced; introducing

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.


transitive verb
introduced; introducing

Legal Definition of introduce 

: to present and offer (evidence) at trial

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