introduce

verb
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

Synonyms

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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Sometime within the past 170 years, populations of Rhagoletis pomonella jumped from infecting the fruits of native hawthorn trees in North America to infecting apple trees introduced by European colonists, a move that formed an incipient species. Quanta Magazine, "New Hybrid Species Remix Old Genes Creatively," 10 Sep. 2019 The Department of Natural Resources introduced salmon to the rivers to control the alewives, which are salmon’s preferred prey. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Milwaukee’s Secret Salmon Runs," 10 Sep. 2019 Its 2019 budget was slashed 20 percent, to $1.2 million, under a sweeping austerity program introduced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Washington Post, "As Trump tightens the U.S. border, asylum applicants seek refuge in Mexico, elsewhere," 9 Sep. 2019 Legislation introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) that would require states to provide services enabling people with disabilities to live in the community remains stalled in the House. Jenny Gold, The Mercury News, "A young woman, a wheelchair and the fight to take her place at Stanford," 8 Sep. 2019 The Egyptians introduced the use of a variety of tobacco flavors that are now considered part of the hookah experience. Fox News, "California lawmakers retreat on hookah ban citing 'Middle East cultural tradition'," 8 Sep. 2019 The same year in New York state, Assemblyman Félix W. Ortiz introduced a similar bill that never made it out of committee. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Yes, Texting While Walking Is Relatively Safe. (But Still Annoying.)," 6 Sep. 2019 Both players hit the ball violently while covering the court well, creating lengthy, entertaining points often introduced by serves at, or above, 100 miles per hour. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "US teenager Coco Gauff rallies to win US Open debut," 27 Aug. 2019 In the fall of 2018, the Senate passed a bill introduced by Portman called the STOP (Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention) Act. Anchorage Daily News, "How fentanyl flowed through the U.S. Postal Service and across the southern border," 25 Aug. 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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More Definitions for introduce

introduce

verb

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

introduce

verb
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.

introduce

transitive verb
in·​tro·​duce
introduced; introducing

Legal Definition of introduce

: to present and offer (evidence) at trial

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