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 Founded by the inimitable Jackie Kennedy, the sandal line has introduced a line of sandals in collaboration with four sororities. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Text Your Little! Jack Rogers Has a Gorgeous Line of Sorority Sandals," 9 Sep. 2019 Plunging us straight into the action in December of 2015, Kogut introduces us to Madelena, aka Madá (Casé), the maid-in-charge of a sprawling vacation condo belonging to a rich Rio family who settles down there each holiday. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Three Summers' ('Três Verões'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 The policy, which was drafted by the human relations commission established last year, was introduced to the village board Sept. 3. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood may ban religious and secular holiday decorations from public buildings and places," 6 Sep. 2019 Bruce introduces me to Barry Benkert Jr. from Western Hills Honda, who's doing announcements from a blue couch nailed to a platform with wheels on it, overlooking the track. Rasputin Todd,, "The first time I raced motorcycles, a breath at a time," 5 Sep. 2019 California state senators Nancy Skinner and Steven Bradford introduced a bill in February 2019 known as SB 206 which is also being called the Fair Pay to Play Act. Brendan Bowers, LeBron Wire, "Lakers superstar LeBron James lends support to California's Fair Pay to Play Act," 5 Sep. 2019 Jaydon, a junior from Charleston, South Carolina, who is studying anthropology and political science, introduces himself first. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Fine Line Campus Tour Guides Walk—Backwards," 29 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday's episode of Good Morning America, the season 28 Dancing With the Stars cast was introduced and immediately caused an uproar. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why 'Dancing With the Stars' Pro Sharna Burgess Is Leaving the Show in 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Accordingly, the embrace of a more conscious or compassionate form of capitalism has been introduced by some corporate leaders as a fresh idea, designed to appeal to a new era and a new generation. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Responsible capitalism is not a form of millennial pandering," 24 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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25 Oct 2019

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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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