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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Still, the gifts that the book catalogues—including beds of peonies from Nancy Kissinger, who wrote the book’s introduction, drawings from Bill Blass, a brass rooster from Slim Keith, and a velvet suit from Kenneth J. Lane—are remarkable to behold. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "What Was the Best Gift Audrey Hepburn Ever Gave?," 11 Dec. 2018 The market’s introduction is the latest in a series of steps Iran has taken to cushion the sanctions’ impact. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Tehran's Grand Bazaar shut down as economic protests spread," 26 June 2018 The result of the commission was the mayor’s introduction of five separate pieces of legislation that would have made changes to many aspects of city government. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council rejects Mayor Pugh's proposed rewrite of city charter," 20 June 2018 Shortly after the bill’s introduction last spring, the Democratic Party opened a double-digit lead in polls of the 2018 generic ballot, while President Trump’s job approval dipped. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Latest Attack on Obamacare Is a Huge Gift to Democrats," 11 June 2018 Mike Groh’s introduction Tuesday was the first time Mike Groh met with reporters since becoming the offensive coordinator earlier this offseason. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "The Eagles coordinators speak at OTAs | Early Birds," 30 May 2018 Kennedy’s introduction to pro baseball came with the Rome Braves, a South Atlantic League team based about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "6-foot-8 Australian gives Fire Frogs a helping hand out of bullpen," 7 May 2018 The Tornado has been the RAF’s primary fast jet asset for over a third of the service’s existence and has performed in every major conflict since its introduction, from Iraq, Kosovo, to Libya and recent operations against ISIS in Syria. Mark Smith, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Panavia Tornado Is Such a Badass Plane," 10 Apr. 2019 After introductions, the group dove into their discussion, with one member complimenting Obama on her memory. Yasmeen Wafai, The Seattle Times, "Michelle Obama discusses her book ‘Becoming’ with local book club members before Tacoma Dome talk," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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