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[in-truh-doos, -dyoos] /ˌɪn trəˈdus, -ˈdyus/
verb (used with object), introduced, introducing.
to present (a person) to another so as to make acquainted.
to acquaint (two or more persons) with each other personally:
Will you introduce us?
to present (a person, product, etc.) to a particular group of individuals or to the general public for or as if for the first time by a formal act, announcement, series of recommendations or events, etc.:
to introduce a debutante to society.
to bring (a person) to first knowledge or experience of something:
to introduce someone to skiing.
to create, bring into notice, use, etc., for or as if for the first time; institute:
to introduce a new procedure.
to suggest, propose, or advance for or as if for the first time:
to introduce a theory of geological evolution.
to present for official consideration or action, as a legislative bill.
to begin; lead into; preface:
to introduce one's speech with an amusing anecdote.
to put or place into something for the first time; insert:
to introduce a figure into a design.
to bring in or establish, as something foreign or alien:
Japanese cooking was introduced into America in the 1950s.
to present (a speaker, performer, etc.) to an audience.
to present (a person) at a royal court.
Origin of introduce
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin intrōdūcere to lead inside, equivalent to intrō- intro- + dūcere to lead; see duke
Related forms
introducer, noun
introducible, adjective
quasi-introduced, adjective
reintroduce, verb (used with object), reintroduced, reintroducing.
subintroduce, verb (used with object), subintroduced, subintroducing.
unintroduced, adjective
unintroducible, adjective
well-introduced, adjective
Synonym Study
1, 2. Introduce, present mean to bring persons into personal acquaintance with each other, as by announcement of names and the like. Introduce is the ordinary term, referring to making persons acquainted who are ostensibly equals: to introduce a friend to one's sister. Present, a more formal term, suggests a degree of ceremony in the process, and implies (if only as a matter of compliment) superior dignity, rank, or importance in the person to whom another is presented: to present a visitor to the president. Unabridged
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  • Now, will one of you be kind enough to introduce himself and the class?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She essayed to introduce Gracie; not one of them attempted a bow.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Would it be wise to invade this home just at this juncture and introduce boarders?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • We introduce it as historical information, from a most unerring source.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • Will you permit me now to introduce you to your prudent friend and your fair enemy?

British Dictionary definitions for introduce


verb (transitive)
(often foll by to) to present (someone) by name (to another person) or (two or more people to each other)
(foll by to) to cause to experience for the first time: to introduce a visitor to beer
to present for consideration or approval, esp before a legislative body: to introduce a draft bill
to bring in; establish: to introduce decimal currency
to present (a radio or television programme, etc) verbally
(foll by with) to start: he introduced his talk with some music
(often foll by into) to insert or inject: he introduced the needle into his arm
to place (members of a species of plant or animal) in a new environment with the intention of producing a resident breeding population
Derived Forms
introducer, noun
introducible, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin intrōdūcere to bring inside, from intro- + dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for introduce

early 15c., back-formation from introduction, or else from Latin introducere "to lead in, bring in" (see introduction). Related: Introduced; introducing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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introduce in Medicine

introduce in·tro·duce (ĭn'trə-dōōs', -dyōōs')
v. in·tro·duced, in·tro·duc·ing, in·tro·duc·es

  1. To put inside or into; insert or inject.

  2. To bring in and establish in a new place or environment.

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