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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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 Councilman Kevin Conwell will introduce legislation today offering support for a letter that four Ohio congressional members sent last month asking U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland to re-examine the case, John Caniglia reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Who will draw short straw of Ohio’s congressional map redraw? The Wake Up for Monday, May 3, 2021," 3 May 2021 Coons, chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, helped introduce legislation last year designed to block the sale of fighters to the UAE., "US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran," 3 May 2021 Olszewski was required to introduce the legislation under the HUD agreement. Taylor Deville,, "Baltimore County wants to expand affordable housing. Advocates say they still face significant obstacles.," 29 Apr. 2021 Mantua has had a reputation as a speed trap, even spurring a state senator in 2016 to introduce legislation capping how much money towns could make from speeding fines. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mantua mayor resigns after firing police chief," 26 Apr. 2021 Democratic members of the House and Senate plan to introduce legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Washington Examiner Reports: Democrats in Congress move to start stacking the Supreme Court," 15 Apr. 2021 Republican lawmakers from dozens of states have attempted to introduce similar legislation, but the SB 202 measure in Georgia is the first to pass. Washington Post, "Leading Georgia companies, sports teams condemn new state voting law," 31 Mar. 2021 And in 2019 Nigeria, the region’s biggest power, was the first to introduce legislation specifically criminalizing piracy. Shola Lawal, The Christian Science Monitor, "Swim together or sink alone: African states unite to confront pirate threat," 29 Mar. 2021 Sanders today planned to introduce legislation that would seek to apply an additional tax on corporations where the CEO is paid more than 50 times the median worker, according to The Wall Street Journal. William Thornton |, al, "Bessemer Amazon worker testifies before Senate committee: ‘They can afford to do much better for the workers’," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Introduce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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