Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin intrōdūcō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁énteros (“inner, what is inside”) and Proto-Indo-European *dewk-. (Wiktionary)

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  • It may be useful to introduce from the outset key pertinent elements of the scientific theories involved, especially as concerns their relationships to the ideas of chance and chaos, and the concepts of (physical) reality correlative to them, which are my main subject here (these theories have other aspects).

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  • I would also like to introduce from the audience our old friend Stanley St. John, who is at the piano each week and is with us here again today and we do appreciate his music on all occasions.

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