introduce

To introduce something is to bring something new to a situation. If your roommate never cleans up after herself, you might try to introduce some new housekeeping policies. Or, introduce yourself to someone who is looking for a new roommate.

Introduce has a number of related meanings. It’s often used when bringing people together for the first time, as when a talk show host introduces a guest to the audience, or when you introduce a new girlfriend or boyfriend to your parents. Introduce comes from the prefix intro-, meaning "into," and the Latin word ducere, meaning "lead" — just as you may have to lead (or drag) your new sweetheart in to meet your parents.

Primary Meanings of introduce

1.
v
bring something new to an environment
2.
v
furnish with a preface or introduction
3.
v
cause to come to know personally
Full Definitions of introduce
1

v bring something new to an environment

“A new word processor was introduced
Synonyms:
innovate
Types:
phase in
introduce gradually
open up, pioneer
open up an area or prepare a way
debut
present for the first time to the public
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

v bring in or establish in a new place or environment

introduce a rule”
introduce exotic fruits”
Types:
interpose
introduce
Type of:
establish, give
bring about

v bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment

“The new secretary introduced a nasty rumor”
Synonyms:
bring in
Types:
immigrate
introduce or send as immigrants
track
carry on the feet and deposit
insinuate
introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner

v bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.

Synonyms:
bring out
Type of:
acquaint, present
cause to come to know personally

v introduce

Synonyms:
enclose, inclose, insert, put in, stick in
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plug
insert as a plug
plug
insert a plug into
inoculate
introduce a microorganism into
inset
set or place in
glass
put in a glass container
catheterise, catheterize
insert a catheter into (a body part)
cup
put into a cup
interlard, intersperse
introduce one's writing or speech with certain expressions
feed, feed in
introduce continuously
slip
insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
foist
insert surreptitiously or without warrant
inject, shoot
force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
seed
inoculate with microorganisms
interleave
intersperse alternately, as of protective covers for book illustrations
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v put before (a body)

introduce legislation”
Type of:
project, propose
present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.

v put or introduce into something

Synonyms:
enter, infix, insert
Types:
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connect, plug in, plug into
plug into an outlet
cannulate, cannulise, cannulize, canulate, intubate
introduce a cannula or tube into
input
enter (data or a program) into a computer
instil, instill
enter drop by drop
embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant
fix or set securely or deeply
sandwich
insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects
graft, transplant
place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
pot
plant in a pot
nest
fit together or fit inside
bury, sink
embed deeply
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v be a precursor of

Synonyms:
inaugurate, usher in
Type of:
begin, commence, lead off, start
set in motion, cause to start
2

v furnish with a preface or introduction

Synonyms:
precede, preface, premise
Types:
preamble
make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
prologise, prologize, prologuize
write or speak a prologue
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words
3

v cause to come to know personally

introduce the new neighbors to the community”
Synonyms:
acquaint, present
acquaint, familiarise, familiarize
make familiar or conversant with
Types:
re-introduce, reintroduce
introduce anew
present
formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
bring out
bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

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