in·tro·duce (ĭn′trə-ds, -dys)
tr.v. in·tro·duced, in·tro·duc·ing, in·tro·duc·es
a. To present (someone) by name to another in order to establish an acquaintance.
b. To present (a performer, for example) to the public for the first time.
c. To make preliminary remarks about; preface: introduced the slide show with a brief talk.
2. To put forward (a plan, for example) for consideration; propose.
3. To provide (someone) with a beginning knowledge or first experience of something: introduced me to weightlifting.
a. To bring in and establish in a new place or environment: exotic plants that were introduced into gardening; a disease that was introduced into the Americas.
b. To bring into currency, use, or practice; originate: introduced the new product in several test markets; introduced the tango into their circle of friends.
5. To put inside or into; insert or inject: introduced a catheter into an artery; introduced realism to crime fiction.
[Middle English introducen, to bring into, from Latin intrōdūcere : intrō-, within; see en in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: introduce, insert, interject, interpolate, interpose
These verbs mean to put or set a person or thing into, between, or among others: introduce suspense into a novel; insert a letter into an envelope; interject a comment into a conversation; interpolated a transitional passage into the text; interposed himself between the scrapping boys. See Also Synonyms at broach1.
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