[ in-truh-duhk-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of introducing or the state of being introduced.

  2. a formal personal presentation of one person to another or others.

  1. a preliminary part, as of a book, musical composition, or the like, leading up to the main part.

  2. an elementary treatise: an introduction to botany.

  3. an act or instance of inserting.

  4. something introduced.

Origin of introduction

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English introduccion, from Latin intrōductiōn- (stem of intrōductiō ). See introduce, -tion

synonym study For introduction

3. Introduction, foreword, preface refer to material given at the front of a book to explain or introduce it to the reader. A foreword is part of the front matter and is usually written by someone other than the author, often an authority on the subject of the book. A preface is the author's own statement, and often includes acknowledgments. It follows the foreword (if there is one) and is also part of the front matter. The introduction is always by the author. It may be extensive and is usually printed as part of the text.

Other words from introduction

  • re·in·tro·duc·tion, noun
  • self-in·tro·duc·tion, noun
  • sub·in·tro·duc·tion, noun

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How to use introduction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for introduction


/ (ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃən) /

  1. the act of introducing or fact of being introduced

  2. a presentation of one person to another or others

  1. a means of presenting a person to another person, group, etc, such as a letter of introduction or reference

  2. a preliminary part, as of a book, speech, etc

  3. music

    • an instrumental passage preceding the entry of a soloist, choir, etc

    • an opening passage in a movement or composition that precedes the main material

  4. something that has been or is introduced, esp something that is not native to an area, country, etc

  5. a basic or elementary work of instruction, reference, etc

  6. logic (qualified by the name of an operation) a syntactic rule specifying the conditions under which a formula or statement containing the specified operator may be derived from others: conjunction-introduction; negation-introduction

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