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verb [transitive]     introduce pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleintroducing
past tenseintroduced
past participleintroduced
  1. 1
    to tell someone another person’s name when they meet for the first time

    Have you two been introduced?

    introduce someone to someone:

    I would like to introduce you to my friend Martin.

    introduce yourself:

    He introduced himself as (=said his name was) Major Desmond Morton.

  2. 2
    to bring something into existence or use for the first time

    Schools have been forced to introduce harsher disciplinary measures.

    1. a.
      to start to use a new system, process, or law for the first time

      They intend to introduce legislation to prevent human cloning.

    2. b.
      to bring something such as a plant or animal into a country or environment for the first time

      Be careful what other fish you introduce into the aquarium.

      introduce something to/into something:

      Chocolate was introduced to Europe from Mexico.

  3. 3
    to provide someone with a new experience, activity, or opportunity to learn something
    introduce someone to something:

    She’s introducing the children to literature from Asian countries.

  4. 4
    to tell an audience about a programme, performer, performance etc that they are going to see or hear

    It is my pleasure to introduce tonight’s speaker.

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