Definition of introduce in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪntrəˈdjuːs/


[with object]
1Bring (something, especially a product, measure, or concept) into use or operation for the first time: various new taxes were introduced measures were introduced to help families with children
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  • This is a great place to introduce products and measure their popularity.
  • In the past few years, Swindon police, in partnership with the council, has introduced a number of measures to halt the tide of yobbish behaviour.
  • The move is one of a number of measures introduced by Burnley Council as part of a shake-up of their waste collection services.
institute, initiate, launch, inaugurate, establish, found, instigate, put in place;
bring in, bring into being, usher in, set in motion, start, begin, commence, get going, get under way, phase in;
organize, develop, originate, pioneer, take the lead in
informal kick off
propose, put forward, suggest, submit, advance, table, move;
raise, broach, bring up, set forth, moot, mention, open, air, ventilate, float
1.1Bring (a plant, animal, or disease) to a place for the first time: horses and sheep introduced to the island did not survive
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  • The fox was introduced to Australia and has caused havoc to the native animal population.
  • It is understood the disease was then introduced to the trout lake by an angler who had been fishing for carp.
  • In contrast, many pest species are introduced to the region and flourish with the large expanses of a single food source.
1.2 (introduce something to) Bring a subject to the attention of (someone) for the first time: the programme is a bid to introduce opera to the masses
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  • Its value lies in introducing its subject matter to those without special knowledge.
  • It's not even introducing the subject to most kids.
  • To some extent it was this subject that first introduced Chinese films to international audiences.
1.3Present (a new piece of legislation) for debate in a legislative assembly: bills can be introduced in either House of Parliament
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  • The past two weeks have shown how far we have travelled in the debate about introducing legislation in Scotland aimed at protecting people from the damage that passive smoking causes to health.
  • US gun control, as presented in legislation introduced by Democrats, is a joke.
  • In California, one assemblyman just introduced legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.
2Make (someone) known by name to another in person, especially formally: I must introduce you to my wife he introduced himself as Detective Sergeant Fraser
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  • I run into some nefarious character, I don't even want to mention his name, who introduces me to Madam Alex.
  • ‘That would be me,’ Jessica said with a small frown, when Michael showed no intention of formally introducing her.
  • When Amy had settled in, Kevin formally introduced her to the others and led her to the training room.
present, present formally, make known;
acquaint with, make acquainted with, bring into contact with
3Insert or bring into something: a device which introduces chlorine into the pool automatically
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  • The electrode is introduced through a needle inserted into a large vein in an arm or the neck.
  • He recalls the time when miners from Wales dug one of the bore holes, which is still used today, and when chlorine was introduced at the treatment works.
  • We conclude that Minos can be instrumental for completion of the effort to introduce useful insertions into all known genes of D. melanogaster.
insert, inject, put, place, push, force, drive, shoot, feed
instil, infuse, inject, add, insert, bring;
4Occur at the start of; open: a longer, more lyrical opening which introduces a courting song
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  • For ‘Zen,’ for instance, he created that drum loop which introduces the song.
  • The first movement, an aria for soprano and alto soloists, has a gorgeous instrumental ritornello that introduces the contrapuntal solo parts.
  • As the swampy beat introduced the song, there was a gradually building cheer as people clicked to the songs identity.
4.1(Of a person) provide an opening explanation or announcement for (a television or radio programme, book, etc.).
Example sentences
  • He will introduce screenings of some of his films and conduct a movie masterclass with the audience at Pictureville Cinema.
  • No less than 31 presenters have been recruited to introduce programmes throughout the festival, and some will stay on with their own studio shows afterwards.
  • Granada TV frontman Anthony Wilson is the master of ceremonies who will introduce an action-packed programme.
announce, present, give an introduction to;
preface, precede, lead into, commence, start off, begin, open, launch



Pronunciation: /ˌɪntrəˈdjuːsə/
Example sentences
  • Now he sits as key backer, non-executive director of the firm, and introducer of valuable contacts.
  • Mysticism, the introducer said sarcastically, is nothing; but a history of nothing - well, that is science.
  • I think that's how he gets all of his introducers.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'bring (a person) into a place or group'): from Latin introducere, from intro- 'to the inside' + ducere 'to lead'.

  • duct from mid 17th century:

    Duct comes from Latin ductus meaning both ‘leading’ and ‘aqueduct’ formed from ducere ‘to lead’. The verb has produced numerous words in English including abduct (early 17th century) to lead away; conduct (Middle English) lead with; conduit (Middle English); deduce (Late Middle English) draw a conclusion from something; duke; educate (Late Middle English) ‘lead out’; induce (Late Middle English) lead in; introduce (Late Middle English) bring into (a group etc); produce (Late Middle English) ‘lead forward’; reduce (Late Middle English) bring back; seduce (Late Middle English) lead away (originally from duty, with the sexual sense developing in the M16th); subdue (Late Middle English) ‘draw from below’.

Words that rhyme with introduce

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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