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


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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

Boos rained down on him in pregame introductions and on every defensive play and plate appearance. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Angels hit Jake Marisnick and don’t back down from Astros as win streak reaches five," 16 July 2019 Twitter's introduction of new features has kept the experience of using the site fresh, but according to many users, the company still has work to do in addressing hate speech and trolling on its platform. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Twitter, Unable to Control Its Worst Elements, Rolls out a Site Redesign," 16 July 2019 The towering rookie enjoying a torrid introduction to the majors drained Jurado of 11 pitches, most of which were thrown inside but did not make Alvarez look crowded at the plate. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Hot bats help Astros salvage series split with Rangers," 14 July 2019 Players run onto the field during introductions under a giant dog collar, then past giant dog chains. Scott Patsko,, "Will the Dawg Pound live up to the hype in 2019? Cleveland Browns 19 questions," 11 July 2019 The businesses also use contract provisions to limit the type and introduction of products other third-party providers can display within stores, according to Insignia’s complaint. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "News Corp’s Retailer-Marketing Business Faces Monopoly Allegations," 11 July 2019 The stories that follow this introduction were all inspired by things that actually happened and connect to the title concept. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Irish indie ‘Lost & Found’ will make you smile," 11 July 2019 Visitors to the museum get a short video introduction and then are asked to sit on one of seven colorful, non-functional toilets lined up against the wall. Jae C. Hong,, "Even poop is cute at Japanese museum that encourages play," 10 July 2019 The league held a moment of silence after player introductions, and most All-Stars wore a black patch with Skaggs’s No. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "An All-Star Night for Indians, and Ex-Indians," 10 July 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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The first known use of introduction was in the 14th century

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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


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.


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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