[ in-truh-doos, -dyoos ]
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verb (used with object),in·tro·duced, in·tro·duc·ing.
  1. to present (a person) to another so as to make acquainted.

  2. to acquaint (two or more persons) with each other personally: Will you introduce us?

  1. 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.

  2. to bring (a person) to first knowledge or experience of something: to introduce someone to skiing.

  3. to create, bring into notice, use, etc., for or as if for the first time; institute: to introduce a new procedure.

  4. to suggest, propose, or advance for or as if for the first time: to introduce a theory of geological evolution.

  5. to present for official consideration or action, as a legislative bill.

  6. to begin; lead into; preface: to introduce one's speech with an amusing anecdote.

  7. to put or place into something for the first time; insert: to introduce a figure into a design.

  8. to bring in or establish, as something foreign or exotic: Japanese cooking was introduced into America in the 1950s.

  9. to present (a speaker, performer, etc.) to an audience.

  10. to present (a person) at a royal court.

Origin of introduce

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin intrōdūcere “to lead inside,” equivalent to intrō- “inwardly, within” + dūcere “to lead”; see intro-, duke

Other words from introduce

  • in·tro·duc·er, noun
  • in·tro·duc·i·ble, adjective
  • qua·si-in·tro·duced, adjective
  • re·in·tro·duce, verb (used with object), re·in·tro·duced, re·in·tro·duc·ing.
  • sub·in·tro·duce, verb (used with object), sub·in·tro·duced, sub·in·tro·duc·ing.
  • un·in·tro·duced, adjective
  • un·in·tro·duc·i·ble, adjective
  • well-in·tro·duced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use introduce in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for introduce


/ (ˌɪntrəˈdjuːs) /

  1. (often foll by to) to present (someone) by name (to another person) or (two or more people to each other)

  2. (foll by to) to cause to experience for the first time: to introduce a visitor to beer

  1. to present for consideration or approval, esp before a legislative body: to introduce a draft bill

  2. to bring in; establish: to introduce decimal currency

  3. to present (a radio or television programme, etc) verbally

  4. (foll by with) to start: he introduced his talk with some music

  5. (often foll by into) to insert or inject: he introduced the needle into his arm

  6. to place (members of a species of plant or animal) in a new environment with the intention of producing a resident breeding population

Origin of introduce

C16: from Latin intrōdūcere to bring inside, from intro- + dūcere to lead

Derived forms of introduce

  • introducer, noun
  • introducible, adjective

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