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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My sister introduced me to lifting about seven months ago. Melissa Pandika, SELF, "Lifting Heavy Weights Is My Favorite Way to Help Manage My Anxiety," 16 Nov. 2018 One is a charming woman with a silver updo and a posh accent who introduces herself as Penelope and tells me she’s been on more than two dozen Silversea cruises. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 Raspberry Pi has introduced a new version of one of its most popular models just in time to stuff your stocking: the Model A+. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "A new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has arrived with Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi for $25," 15 Nov. 2018 Three years ago, Hay introduced itself to the U.S. market with a pop-up shop in MoMA Store’s Soho location. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018 Goodman often used his arthritis in his knees as a crutch to skip workouts but Shilstone introduced him to a variety of low-impact exercises. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "People Have a Lot to Say About John Goodman's Weight Loss," 17 Oct. 2018 The twelve eBooks in this bundle introduce you to both the fundamentals and more advanced elements of 3D printing methodologies, CAD design software, CNC routing, and more. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Learn CAD and 3D Printing With This $20 Bundle," 28 Sep. 2018 This prompted the Croatian railway company to introduce more trains and ticket discounts. Washington Post, "Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia’s World Cup success," 13 July 2018 Alongside the new mode, the most recent Fortnite patch also introduced turrets. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite’s frantic food fight is its best mode yet," 15 Nov. 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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