in·tro·duc·tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən \

Definition of introduction 

1 : something that introduces: such as

a(1) : a part of a book or treatise preliminary to the main portion

(2) : a preliminary treatise or course of study

b : a short introductory musical passage

2 : the act or process of introducing : the state of being introduced

3 : a putting in : insertion

4 : something introduced specifically : a new or exotic plant or animal

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Synonyms & Antonyms for introduction


foreword, intro, preamble, preface, prelude, prologue (also prolog)


epilogue (also epilog)

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Examples of introduction in a Sentence

the introduction of telephone service to the area Since its introduction last year, over a million copies of the software have been sold. the introduction of evidence at the trial the introduction of a new topic for conversation the introduction of the bill to Congress She told the audience, by way of introduction, that the research was completed a year ago. the introduction of an Asian plant species to America After a brief introduction, the performer took the stage.
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Some suggest that the decline since December has largely been down to the introduction over that period of Bitcoin futures trading in the U.S. David Meyer, Fortune, "Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Are Soaring Again—For Now," 5 July 2018 Lots of what will follow is mentioned in that short introduction. 2. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Loco Dice Breaks Down His 15-Track Album 'Love Letters': Exclusive," 5 July 2018 The sleep data came out of a study that was originally designed to examine the effect of early food introduction on the development of food allergies. Rita Giordano,, "Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?," 11 July 2018 The art of proper introductions is a skill your children will use for the rest of their lives. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, "The Proper Way to Teach Kids to Introduce Themselves, According to an Etiquette Expert," 10 July 2018 Most of that introduction is centered around G.L.O.W.'s, the show-within-a-show, greatest adversaries: longtime friends Ruth Wilder (Brie) and Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin)., "Glow Season 2 Review: There’s No Sophomore Slump Here," 21 June 2018 For years, the pace of new product introductions was glacial at Tiffany, feeding an image of the jewelry being static and dull. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Tiffany's Turnaround Plan Is Turning Out to Be a Gem," 23 May 2018 With the franchise’s comedic heavy hitters off-world, the best the Earthbound crew can really manage by way of a funny introduction is Rhodey duping Banner into bowing to King T’Challa. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "How Avengers: Infinity War uses humor to solve its story problems," 9 May 2018 Music director Franz Welser-Most even kicked things off with a spoken word of introduction. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra, guests conclude 'Ecstasy' series with stunning 'Divine' program (review)," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of introduction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for introduction

Middle English introduccioun act of introducing, from Anglo-French introduction, from Latin introduction-, introductio, from introducere

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in·tro·duc·tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən \

Kids Definition of introduction

1 : the part of a book that leads up to and explains what will be found in the main part

2 : the act of causing a person to meet another person

3 : the action of bringing into use, making available, or presenting for consideration or discussion

4 : something introduced or added The plant is a new introduction to the garden.


in·tro·duc·tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən \

Medical Definition of introduction 

: an action of putting in or inserting introduction of contrast material through the catheterScientific American Medicine

Other words from introduction

introduce \-ˈd(y)üs \ transitive verb introduced; introducing

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