introduce

verb

in·​tro·​duce ˌin-trə-ˈdüs How to pronounce introduce (audio)
-ˈdyüs
introduced; introducing

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
3
a
: 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
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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web But a healthy share also appears to lie with the celebrities who helped introduce people to these products in the first place. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 They are also bolstered by the argument, made by those who helped introduce austerity in 2010, that spending cuts give governments more capacity to borrow when major crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic arrive. Time, 17 Nov. 2022 Changes are coming to Walt Disney World, which will introduce park-specific pricing just in time for the holidays. Valerie Nome, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 Now 48, Siebel Newsom described how Weinstein first approached her to introduce himself at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 Now 48, Siebel Newsom described how Weinstein first approached her to introduce himself at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 15 Nov. 2022 On Monday night, indie-rock innovator Bartees Strange finally got the chance to properly introduce himself in Boston. Karen Muller, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 In addition, Honda and GM are working together to introduce affordable EVs in 2027. Roberto Baldwin, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2022 An increase in antisemitic incidents in the county and nationally spurred council member Andrew Friedson (D-District 1) to introduce the resolution in July. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'introduce.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of introduce was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near introduce

Cite this Entry

“Introduce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introduce. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

introduce

verb
in·​tro·​duce ˌin-trə-ˈd(y)üs How to pronounce introduce (audio)
introduced; introducing
1
: to bring into practice or use
introduce a new fashion
2
: to lead or bring in
introduced a new topic
3
a
: to cause to become acquainted
introduce two strangers
b
: to present or announce officially
introduce a legislative bill
c
: to make preliminary remarks about
introduced the star of the show
4
: to bring to a knowledge of something
introduced them to new ideas
5
: to put in : insert
introducer noun

Legal Definition

introduce

transitive verb
in·​tro·​duce
introduced; introducing
: to present and offer (evidence) at trial

More from Merriam-Webster on introduce

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ