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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Recent Examples on the Web

Its introduction to Washington is a free festival of the arts, with a packed schedule of hundreds of events reflecting the Reach’s wide-ranging cultural mission. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 11 Sep. 2019 In 1995, just 2 percent of introductions took place online. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "Matchmaker, matchmaker still makes a match," 23 Aug. 2019 Mainstream pop culture has a history of shunning thick black women: Missy was out here exaggerating her figure in her introduction to most of the world. Brian Josephs, Billboard, "Every Missy Elliott Music Video, Ranked," 14 Aug. 2019 This was my introduction to the illicit thrill of elevator phone phreaking. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Inside the Hidden World of Elevator Phone Phreaking," 9 Aug. 2019 That attempted bombing was my introduction to this entire subject. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 Several analyses of the introduction of tuition fees in Britain found a negative effect on university attendance. The Economist, "Should university be free?," 16 July 2019 Yeah, a cocktail is a great vehicle of introduction for a spirit that was once known as something kind of harsh. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "Old Forester master taster Jackie Zykan on a day in her job and how bartenders helped bring in the bourbon boom," 25 June 2019 As part of that introduction, Teradata celebrated its 40th anniversary last week in San Diego, bringing back the seven original founders. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Teradata adds workers in San Diego, marks 40 years in data management, analysis," 18 June 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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