American English

Definition of introduce verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they introduce
    he / she / it introduces
    past simple introduced
    -ing form introducing
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  1. 1to tell two or more people who have not met before what each other's names are; to tell someone what your name is introduce somebody Can I introduce my wife? introduce A to B (as something) He introduced me to a Greek girl at the party. She was introduced to me as a well-known novelist. introduce A and B We've already been introduced. introduce yourself (to somebody) Can I introduce myself? I'm Helen Robins. “Kay, this is Steve.” “Yes, I know—we've already introduced ourselves.”
  2. TV/radio show
  3. 2introduce somebody/something to be the main speaker in a television or radio show, who gives details about the show and who presents the people who are in it; to tell the audience the name of the person who is going to speak or perform The next program will be introduced by Mary David. I'd like to introduce my first guest on the show tonight…
  4. new experience
  5. 3to make someone learn about something or do something for the first time introduce somebody to something The first lecture introduces students to the main topics of the course. He was first introduced to drugs by his elder brother. introduce something (to somebody) It was she who first introduced the pleasures of sailing to me.
  6. new product/law
  7. 4to make something available for use, discussion, etc. for the first time synonym bring somebody/somethingin introduce something The company is introducing a new range of products this year. The new law was introduced in 2007. introduce something into/to something We want to introduce the latest technology into schools.
  8. plant/animal/disease
  9. 5introduce something (to/into something) to bring a plant, an animal, or a disease to a place for the first time Vegetation patterns changed when goats were introduced to the island.
  10. start
  11. 6introduce something to be the start of something new Bands from London introduced the craze for this kind of music. A slow theme introduces the first movement.
  12. in congress
  13. 7introduce something to formally present a proposed new law so that it can be discussed to introduce a bill (before Congress)
  14. add
  15. 8introduce something (into something) (formal) to put something into something Particles of glass had been introduced into the baby food.
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