introduction

noun
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

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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Despite their rough introduction, scooters offer the potential for an accessible, car-free, and sustainable mode of transport. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The weirdest places we found scooters in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 But even before his formal introduction, fans were already thrilled. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Just Introduced a New Romance for Nicky Reagan-Boyle," 30 Nov. 2018 For many of us, road trips across the U.S. were our first introduction to travel—for others who grew up abroad, the road trip was the pinnacle of American-ness. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travelogue Podcast: Things You Should Never, Ever Do on a Road Trip," 3 Nov. 2018 Executives had hoped to show off the new handset at Samsung’s developers conference next month, but its introduction may be limited to conceptual images due to the aforementioned production issues. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung may be plotting a Galaxy S10 blitz with 5G, folding screens...and no headphone jack," 26 Oct. 2018 Consider this your official introduction to Kim Viera. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Kim Viera's Music Video For "Como" With Daddy Yankee Celebrates Puerto Rico's Resilience," 13 July 2018 Their use has skyrocketed among youth since their introduction to the domestic market in 2007. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ban on e-cigarettes in Milwaukee takes effect -- what you need to know," 10 July 2018 The righthander had pitched most of his life with chronic knee pain, which made his introduction to the majors even more stinging. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Zach Eflin's emergence, and the struggles that made it possible," 2 July 2018 As corporate mascot introductions go, the rise of Gritty couldn’t have possibly gone better. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 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
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.

introduction

noun
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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