Definition of introduction in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The action of introducing something: issues arising from the introduction of new technology the introduction of muskrats into central Europe
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  • On the whole, the above documents envisage development and large-scale introduction of advanced infocommunications technologies in Russia.
  • This will provide a more equitable policy framework to allow the development and introduction of cost-effective technological change and innovation.
  • For vegetable and fruit growers IFA is demanding the immediate introduction of a targeted rescue package for producers.
institution, establishment, initiation, launch, inauguration, foundation, instigation;
start, commencement, inception;
development, origination, pioneering
1.1 [count noun] A thing newly brought into use or introduced to a place for the first time: despite the new introductions, many of the older species remain firm favourites
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  • Nupen scrupulously avoids any mention of the controversies in his newly filmed introductions, which he speaks simply and eloquently to camera.
  • The introduction is likely to bring further co-ordination of economic policies in its wake - a prospect that alarms eurosceptics just as much as it pleases supporters of European integration.
  • By and large, flavors continue to bring excitement to the dairy case as new product introductions exhibiting the latest flavor craze and consumer preference.
2A formal presentation of one person to another, in which each is told the other’s name: he returned to his desk, leaving Michael to make the introductions [mass noun]: a letter of introduction
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  • Outside of formal introductions greetings are often vocal and are not accompanied by a handshake or kiss.
  • As for his name, I hardly think a formal introduction was necessary.
  • Following the western cultural practice of ladies first, the entire session of formal introductions was completed in a blink of the eye.
presentation, formal presentation;
meeting, audience, interview, encounter
3A thing preliminary to something else, especially an explanatory section at the beginning of a book, report, or speech: your talk will need an introduction which states clearly what you are talking about and why
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  • The technique adopted in this volume is to bundle a series of essays arbitrarily culled from various publications with an explanatory introduction by the volume editor.
  • The engravings were produced under his direction, while the introduction and explanatory text were written by Fortune Barthelemy de Felice.
  • The book includes an introduction to the Report and an explanation of its significance to public health reform.
foreword, preface, preamble, prologue, prelude, front matter, lead-in;
opening, beginning, start, opening statement
informal intro, prelims, curtain-raiser
formal prolegomenon, proem, exordium, prolusion
3.1A preliminary section in a piece of music, often thematically different from the main section: his Fifth Symphony opens with an introduction featuring a solo tuba
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  • Unnecessary orchestral introductions taken from Richard Strauss and Rossini add little of value.
  • After a brief introduction, the music becomes a sensuous waltz, filled with regret.
  • It also contains brooding and atmospheric music in the introduction and some quite effective string writing in the latter half.
3.2A book or course of study intended to introduce a subject to a person: a good general introduction to the subject is A Social History of England
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  • It also may be an engaging supplemental text for an undergraduate introduction to family studies course.
  • The book is an accessible introduction to subject matter that is notable for its complexity - rocket science, in fact.
  • I recommend this book as a concise introduction to a subject that is not only of lively current interest, but also has roots in the works of our great mathematical ancestors.
basic explanation of, brief account of, description of;
the basics, the rudiments, the fundamentals, the groundwork
3.3 [in singular] A person’s first experience of a subject or thing: my introduction to drama was through an amateur dramatic society
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  • His introduction to youth work came two years ago through an adventure holiday organised by local police.
  • The roots of this approach might be traced to his introduction to experimental film-making.
  • My introduction to the Connemara way of life in the late 1960 s coincided with the last days of an older generation which had seen life under English rule and the emerging Irish Free State.
initiation, induction, baptism, inauguration, debut


Late Middle English: from Latin introductio(n-), from the verb introducere (see introduce).

Words that rhyme with introduction

abduction, conduction, construction, deduction, destruction, eduction, effluxion, induction, instruction, misconstruction, obstruction, production, reduction, ruction, seduction, suction, underproduction

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