Definition of introduce verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdjuːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈduːs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they introduce
    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdjuːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈduːs//
    he / she / it introduces
    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdjuːsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈduːsɪz//
    past simple introduced
    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdjuːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈduːst//
    past participle introduced
    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdjuːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈduːst//
    -ing form introducing
    BrE BrE//ˌɪntrəˈdjuːsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntrəˈduːsɪŋ//
    Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
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  1. 1  to tell two or more people who have not met before what each other’s names are; to tell somebody 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.’ Express YourselfMaking introductionsThere are different ways of introducing people to one another, depending on how formal the situation is: Amy, do you know my friend Simon? Have you two met? Jane, this is Matt. Ted, this is Gwen—she's Porter's mother. Can I introduce you to my colleague Professor Welsh?(formal)Responses: No, I don't think we've met. I'm Harry. Hello. Nice to meet you. Hi. I'm Norman Miller.
  2. TV/radio show
  3. 2  introduce 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 programme will be introduced by Mary David. May I introduce my first guest on the show tonight… See related entries: Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
  4. new experience
  5. 3  to make somebody 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. 4  to 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. 5  introduce 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. 6  introduce 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 parliament
  13. 7introduce something to formally present a new law so that it can be discussed to introduce a bill (before Parliament)
  14. add
  15. 8introduce something (into something) (formal) to put something into something Particles of glass had been introduced into the baby food.
  16. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘bring (a person) into a place or group’): from Latin introducere, from intro- ‘to the inside’ + ducere ‘to lead’.Extra examples He introduced me as a new member of the company. I briefly introduced him to my parents. Let me introduce myself. May I introduce my wife, Sarah? New technology is rapidly being introduced into factories. Psychologists first introduced the term in the early 1990s. She attempted in vain to introduce some order into the classroom. She introduced me to her friends. The local authority plans to introduce new regulations on parking. These measures have only been recently introduced. They recently introduced a yogurt drink into the market. We have met before, but we haven’t been formally introduced. diseases inadvertently introduced to the area by settlers ‘Kay, this is Steve.’ ‘Yes, I know—we’ve already introduced ourselves.’ Can I introduce myself? I’m Helen Robins. Many innovations were introduced by the 1919 Act. She has developed her love of archery since being introduced to the sport by a workmate. The airline has introduced a cheap return fare to New York. The first lecture introduces students to the broad outline of the programme. The government has introduced tough new import restrictions. The government introduced meat rationing in May. The new law was introduced in 2006. The practice of community policing was introduced in the 1970s. We are going to introduce a few changes to the system. We’ve already been introduced.
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