Definition of introduction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    introduction

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    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃn//
     
    Parts of a book
     
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    bringing into use/to a place
  1. 1  [uncountable] the act of bringing something into use or existence for the first time, or of bringing something to a place for the first time the introduction of new manufacturing methods the introduction of compulsory military service the 1 000th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity to Russia
  2. 2  [countable] a thing that is brought into use or introduced to a place for the first time The book lists plants suitable for the British flower garden, among them many new introductions.
  3. of people
  4. 3  [countable] introduction (to somebody) the act of making one person formally known to another, in which you tell each the other’s name Introductions were made and the conversation started to flow. Our speaker today needs no introduction (= is already well known). a letter of introduction (= a letter which tells somebody who you are, written by somebody who knows both you and the person reading the letter)
  5. first experience
  6. 4  [singular] introduction (to something) a person’s first experience of something This album was my first introduction to modern jazz.
  7. of book/speech
  8. 5  [countable, uncountable] introduction (to something) the first part of a book or speech that gives a general idea of what is to follow a brief introduction a book with an excellent introduction and notes By way of introduction, let me give you the background to the story. compare preface See related entries: Parts of a book
  9. to subject
  10. 6  [countable] introduction (to something) a book or course for people beginning to study a subject ‘An Introduction to Astronomy’ It's a useful introduction to an extremely complex subject.
  11. in music
  12. 7 [countable] (music) a short section at the beginning of a piece of music an eight-bar introduction
  13. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin introductio(n-), from the verb introducere, from intro- ‘to the inside’ + ducere ‘to lead’.Extra examples After a lengthy musical introduction, the dancers finally appear. For those of us in our forties, McNamara needs no introduction. He began with a brief introduction. He gave me a letter of introduction to the manager. He has written the best available introduction to Stravinsky’s music. Her book features an introduction by French actress Catherine Deneuve. His mother is mentioned in the introduction. I can never remember names, so I don’t like to make the introductions. I never gave you a proper introduction to my friends. If you are looking for a general introduction, this volume will be sufficient. It serves as an excellent introduction to 19th-century painting. Let’s skip the introduction and get straight down to the facts. More liberal policies have facilitated the introduction of new technologies. She wrote the introduction to his collected letters. That year, IBM announced the introduction of its first personal computer. The book can be used as a concise introduction by developers new to the field. The testing process delayed the introduction of the drug by at least a year. This collection provides a comprehensive introduction to his ideas. Together, these two books offer the best possible introduction to the sport. an introduction to computer programming the accidental introduction of species into new environments the gradual introduction of modern farming methods into traditional societies the introduction to her latest book By way of introduction, let me give you the background to the story. Can you write a brief introduction to the text? He arrived in Lyons with a letter of introduction to the bishop. It’s a useful introduction to an extremely complex subject. Our speaker today needs no introduction. The introduction of new manufacturing methods has led to high unemployment. The need for a large army resulted in the introduction of compulsory military service. They celebrated the 1 000th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity to Russia. This book has an excellent introduction and notes.
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