Definition of introduction in English:


Line breaks: intro|duc¦tion
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.
  • 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
  • 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.


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

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