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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The matter, co-sponsored by councilors Michelle Wu and Kim Janey, was introduced Wednesday and sent to a committee for a review., "New England news in brief," 13 July 2018 Case in point: the Dems’ FAMILY Act, which Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) testified in favor of just this week, was first introduced back in 2013. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Sandra Oh, Emmy Nomination, Wimbledon: Broadsheet July 13," 13 July 2018 Two brand-new tournaments were formally introduced, and they’ll be played in back-to-back weeks: the 3M Open in Minnesota and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit will make their respective debuts in July. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 Nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in Congress from 1882 to 1986. Kaila Philo, The New Republic, "The Emmett Till case has been reopened.," 12 July 2018 This anonymous great was introduced in full invisibility. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Finally, an unknown Dolphin gets his good reward," 10 July 2018 Journalists and news organizations have been worried, fretful, since your changes were introduced in January. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "How Facebook Checks Facts and Polices Hate Speech," 6 July 2018 Nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in Congress from 1882 to 1986. Kaila Philo, The New Republic, "The Emmett Till case has been reopened.," 12 July 2018 At least two Senate bills have been introduced to extend the program through January, but neither has gained traction. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "As Hurricane Season Ramps Up, Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire," 11 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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