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

Synonyms for introduce


acquaint, present

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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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In May, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Peter DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon, that would ban M-44s nationwide. Mariel Padilla,, "Trump administration reauthorizes use of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals," 10 Aug. 2019 Democrats also noted that a red flag bill already had been introduced this year in the Legislature — by a Democrat. Author: Julie Carr Smyth, Anchorage Daily News, "Ohio Republicans again faced with calls to enact gun reforms," 7 Aug. 2019 How a bill dies in committee When bills are introduced in the Ohio House and Senate, they are referred to a committee. Evan Macdonald,, "How the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature failed to act on former Gov. John Kasich’s gun reform bills," 6 Aug. 2019 To weaken the dollar, the Trump administration could formally announce the end of the strong dollar policy introduced in 1995 under former President Bill Clinton. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The United States and China may be headed for a currency war," 5 Aug. 2019 In the past few years, several think tanks across the political spectrum have come out for a carbon tax,and several bills have been introduced in Congress outlining ways to implement one. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Are Conservatives Embracing a Carbon Tax?," 1 Aug. 2019 In 2016, a bill named after Daniel — introduced in the House by Sinema, then a congresswoman — was signed into law, ensuring treatment for veterans with access to classified information. Josefin Dolsten,, "Parents of Jewish Army veteran who committed suicide still fighting for change," 31 July 2019 The mandatory rule change will apply up to step five of the National League System for men's football, while sin bins will be introduced in Tier 3 and below in women's football., "FA Unveils Plans to Introduce Sin Bins Across All English Grassroots Football From 2019/20," 30 July 2019 That legislation, introduced in late May, was folded into a much broader bill approved this month by the House along straight party lines to reauthorize programs at the Department of Defense. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "U.S. universities battle a security storm in Congress," 29 July 2019

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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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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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a period when something is suspended

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