introduction

noun
in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

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

Synonyms

exordium, foreword, intro, preamble, preface, prelude, proem, prologue (also prolog), prolusion

Antonyms

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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Boulud joked in his introduction) read in the New York Times that the city does not provide meals on weekends or holidays, meaning that for nearly a third of the year, those dependant on the state for their meals starve. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Daniel Bouloud Hosts a Decadent Dinner in Support of Citymeals on Wheels," 12 Mar. 2019 My introduction to ice climbing began by watching the pro athletes perform mind-boggling maneuvers on the competition course. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Went Ice Climbing and Lasted About 6 Whole Minutes," 10 Mar. 2019 During their introductions, Kelly informed concert attendees that most video participants lip-sync songs, but not these guys. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 In reality, their introduction didn't play out exactly how it's depicted on screen. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Did Queen Victoria Really Meet Florence Nightingale?," 4 Feb. 2019 So our introduction to the business side of this, which can be nasty at times, was actually quite lovely. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Judith Light Thinks We Need More 'Who's the Boss' in 2019," 30 Jan. 2019 Their introduction was prompted by the fact that many Railway Post Office trains withdrew from service as rail traffic declined; the buses essentially served the same purpose, just on highways. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Amazon again blew everybody’s mind with the introduction of the Echo. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018 Fighting to keep the program nimble amidst growing competition from RealPlayer on one hand and Napster on the other, Winamp struggled with the introduction of video. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019," 15 Oct. 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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introduction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of introduction

: the act of making a person known to others by name
: the act of bringing something into practice or use for the first time
: the act of making a product available for sale for the first time

introduction

noun
in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

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.

introduction

noun
in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce introduce (audio) \ transitive verb introduced; introducing

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