introduce

verb
in·​tro·​duce | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdüs How to pronounce introduce (audio) , -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

Synonyms for introduce

Synonyms

acquaint, present

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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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Only introduce one new product into your routine at a time, Dr. Stevenson advises. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Bad Is It to Switch Up Your Skin-Care Products All the Time?," 7 Mar. 2019 Farmers have responded to these challenges with typical ingenuity—diversifying crops, introducing... Michael Bennet, WSJ, "Trump Has Been Bad for Farmers," 6 Mar. 2019 Be thoughtful about introducing a new partner to your kids. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Dating and Single Motherhood," 1 Mar. 2019 The two met in 1979 on the set of Xanadu, and Chloe credits legendary actor Gene Kelly for introducing Olivia and Matt. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Who Is Olivia Newton-John's Daughter, Chloe Lattanzi?," 16 Feb. 2019 The company doubled-down on its hybrid ray tracing push by introducing the GeForce RTX 2060 as well as laptop versions of its RTX graphics cards. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia reveals RTX laptop GPUs, FreeSync support for GeForce graphics cards," 7 Jan. 2019 At Milan Fashion Week that February, the Italian brand introduced a new creative director, Alessandro Michele, whose style was all about eccentricity, romanticism, and ruffles. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Although these shuttles might feel more theme-park ride than transit solution, these slow-motion minibuses are performing an important task by introducing people to the idea of driverless tech. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The trailer employs a decidedly '80s British new-wave aesthetic and introduces an up-and-coming video game company set to capitalize on the nation's early-'80s home-computing boom. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "“Change your future” tomorrow with choice-filled Black Mirror film on Netflix," 27 Dec. 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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introduce

verb

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

introduce

verb
in·​tro·​duce | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdüs How to pronounce introduce (audio) , -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.

introduce

transitive verb
in·​tro·​duce
introduced; introducing

Legal Definition of introduce

: to present and offer (evidence) at trial

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