from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To present (someone) by name to another in order to establish an acquaintance.
  • transitive v. To present (a performer, for example) to the public for the first time.
  • transitive v. To bring forward (a plan, for example) for consideration.
  • transitive v. To provide (someone) with a beginning knowledge or first experience of something: introduced me to weightlifting.
  • transitive v. To bring in and establish in a new place or environment: exotic plants that had been introduced from the jungle.
  • transitive v. To bring into currency, use, or practice; originate: introduced the new product in several test markets; introduced the tango into their circle of friends.
  • transitive v. To put inside or into; insert or inject.
  • transitive v. To open or begin; preface: introduced the slide show with an orienting talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause (someone) to be acquainted (with someone else).
  • v. To make (something or someone) known by formal announcement or recommendation.
  • v. To add (something) to a system, a mixture, or a container.
  • v. To bring (something) into practice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lead or bring in; to conduct or usher in.
  • transitive v. To put (something into a place); to insert.
  • transitive v. To lead to and make known by formal announcement or recommendation; hence, to cause to be acquainted
  • transitive v. To bring into notice, practice, cultivation, or use.
  • transitive v. To produce; to cause to exist; to induce.
  • transitive v. To open to notice; to begin; to present.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lead or bring in; conduct or usher in: as, to introduce a person into a drawing-room; to introduce foreign produce into a country.
  • To pass in; put in; insert: as, to introduce one's finger into an aperture.
  • To make known, as one person to another, or two persons to each other; make acquainted by personal encounter or by letter; present, with the mention of names and titles.
  • To bring into notice, use, or practice; bring forward for acceptance: as, to introduce a new fashion, or an improved mode of tillage.
  • To bring forward with preliminary or preparatory matter; open to notice: as, to introduce a subject with a long preface.
  • To produce; cause to exist; induce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put or introduce into something
  • v. bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.
  • v. bring in or establish in a new place or environment
  • v. furnish with a preface or introduction
  • v. be a precursor of
  • v. bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment
  • v. bring something new to an environment
  • v. cause to come to know personally
  • v. introduce
  • v. put before (a body)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English introducen, to bring into, from Latin intrōdūcere : intrō-, within; see en in Indo-European roots + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French, from Latin intrōdūcō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁énteros (“inner, what is inside”) and Proto-Indo-European *dewk-.


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