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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Kruger, who started in the 1960s as a graphic designer for Condé Nast magazines including Mademoiselle, has always aimed to introduce subversive meaning into media — shaking up the drone of images and words with which we are inundated. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 Geissler, 44, pleaded guilty in February 2019 -- on the eve of trial -- to one count of conspiring to introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce with an intent to defraud or mislead. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Ex-CEO of Dallas supplement company linked to sickness and death gets 5 years in prison," 14 Oct. 2020 Powell on Tuesday also urged lawmakers to introduce more fiscal relief into the economy, saying that the risk of doing nothing far outweighed the risk of handing out too much support and building more federal deficit. NBC News, "First-time jobless claims rose to 840,000 last week vs 825,000 estimated," 8 Oct. 2020 While the introduction of otters can be a bit nerve-wracking and difficult, the two teams decided to introduce Harris into Pumpkin's habitat so that the male more easily submits to the female. Mallory Hughes, CNN, "A lonely otter at a sanctuary finds love online through a dating site built just for him," 4 Oct. 2020 In a new paper, a large team that spans the Atlantic delivers its findings as well as its recommendations for how to introduce the enzyme into the plastics supply chain. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Super-Enzyme That Absolutely Ravages Plastic Bottles," 2 Oct. 2020 Inmate Harry Berry, 25, of Metairie, was also arrested and booked with conspiracy to possess cocaine and conspiracy to introduce contraband into the correctional center. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "Guard at Jefferson Parish jail arrested, accused of trying to smuggle cocaine to inmate," 24 Sep. 2020 It should be extracted in a gentle way that preserves the cannabinoid profile (where much of the medicinal benefits lie) and does not introduce contaminants into the extract. Becky Garrison,, "How to choose cannabis topicals that will actually work," 23 Sep. 2020 As the series marches forward in time (Season 4 will drop on November 15), Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) will make her royal entrance and Gillian Anderson will introduce Margaret Thatcher into the proceedings. Jennifer M. Wood, Wired, "The 15 TV Shows You Need to Binge This Fall," 23 Sep. 2020

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

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20 Oct 2020

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“Introduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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 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.


transitive verb
introduced; introducing

Legal Definition of introduce

: to present and offer (evidence) at trial

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