in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce introductory (audio) \

Definition of introductory

: of, relating to, or being a first step that sets something going or in proper perspective an introductory course in calculus

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introductorily \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈdək-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce introductorily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of introductory in a Sentence

I'd like to make a few introductory remarks before we start the program. a class in introductory physics

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Like the inside content, the introductory photo is unassuming, but make no mistake: Dignity is not a leisure read. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 Hiura is here: Hiura hit .281 with five homers and nine RBI in his introductory stay with the Brewers, which lasted 17 games. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 3, Brewers 2: Offense comes up empty after two early runs and bullpen can't protect lead," 28 June 2019 Mankiw’s introductory text, and surely some others, have been overtaken by events. Robert Samuelson, Twin Cities, "Robert Samuelson: Tear up the (economic) textbooks — and start over!," 26 June 2019 Nelson was named First Team All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl in his introductory year. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Quenton Nelson named top rookie in the 2018 draft class by," 26 June 2019 Perks: The Chase Freedom offers an introductory 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 15 months. Caroline Lupini, USA TODAY, "The best credit cards with no annual fee of 2019," 26 June 2019 Perhaps your catchy introductory line is paired with your front door. Matt Abrahams, Quartz at Work, "The trick to public speaking is to stop memorizing," 24 June 2019 It’s priced at $699, which has been discounted to $549 as an introductory promotion. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unicorn is a $699 electric scooter from the co-creator of Tile," 20 June 2019 Middle school students can attend a two-week introductory Leadership Development Program from July 1-13 or July 15-27. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, June 20," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of introductory

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of introductory was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of introductory

: providing information about someone who is about to speak, perform, etc., or something that is about to begin
: providing basic information about a subject
: intended to attract customers when a new product, service, etc., is introduced


in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-tə-rē How to pronounce introductory (audio) \

Kids Definition of introductory

: serving to introduce : preliminary an introductory lesson

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to form ideas or theories about something

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