Definition of introduction in US English:



  • 1The action of introducing something.

    ‘issues arising from the introduction of new technology’
    ‘the introduction of muskrats into central Europe’
    • ‘In no other country has the price impact arising from introduction of a broad-based consumption tax washed out of the economic system within twelve months.’
    • ‘For vegetable and fruit growers IFA is demanding the immediate introduction of a targeted rescue package for producers.’
    • ‘This revolution, based on the information age and the rapid introduction of new technology into all facets of human life, is changing the world into a global one.’
    • ‘Their demands include introduction of a new career structure and a pay increase.’
    • ‘He wanted university education to be more oriented towards the needs of the industry, as introduction of new technologies will ensure cost reduction and excellence.’
    • ‘In the build-up to the directive's introduction, financial institutions will have detailed information to help those affected.’
    • ‘On the whole, the above documents envisage development and large-scale introduction of advanced infocommunications technologies in Russia.’
    • ‘The introduction of the technology, which is prohibited in several countries, is likely to be opposed by privacy campaigners.’
    • ‘This will provide a more equitable policy framework to allow the development and introduction of cost-effective technological change and innovation.’
    • ‘As with any new technology, introduction will be slow and the initial products costly.’
    • ‘In terms of cost, virtually every provincial drug plan is under immense strain due to growing demand and the rapid introduction of new and costly prescription drugs.’
    • ‘Aside from existing problems, there will need to be a focus on introduction of new technology, new processes or chemicals.’
    • ‘The introduction of technology at this stage will ensure that demand planning is capable of maintaining its emphasis on the process and overall focus on customer requirements.’
    • ‘So what accounts for this concept's introduction into Democratic councils?’
    • ‘Development and introduction of new diagnostic techniques have greatly accelerated over the past decades.’
    • ‘However the cost and technology makes widespread introduction a long way off.’
    • ‘With complex variations in clinical practice from hospital to hospital, the development and introduction of standards is now seen - both clinically and politically - as essential.’
    • ‘The introduction of reforms pursuant to this bill has been long awaited, and is absolutely necessary to help ensure that New Zealand's valuable dairy industry remains in good order.’
    • ‘The introduction of new technology is always disruptive to old markets, and particularly to those copyright owners whose works are sold through well-established distribution mechanisms.’
    • ‘We have the opportunity to harness the potential of new science and technology for the good of all but there is understandable public unease about the rapid introduction of new technologies and their regulation.’
    institution, establishment, initiation, launch, inauguration, foundation, instigation
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    1. 1.1 A thing newly brought into use or introduced to a place for the first time.
      ‘these grains are valuable introductions from Sweden’
      • ‘By and large, flavors continue to bring excitement to the dairy case as new product introductions exhibiting the latest flavor craze and consumer preference.’
      • ‘Nupen scrupulously avoids any mention of the controversies in his newly filmed introductions, which he speaks simply and eloquently to camera.’
      • ‘The introduction is likely to bring further co-ordination of economic policies in its wake - a prospect that alarms eurosceptics just as much as it pleases supporters of European integration.’
      • ‘The widespread acceptance of generic substitutability, together with the enhanced therapy provided by more recent introductions, have combined to drive down the price of new products.’
      • ‘Traditionally, the rate of growth of the firm has been linked to new product introductions, as it was believed that increased investment in innovation generally guaranteed more novel products.’
  • 2often introductionsA formal presentation of one person to another, in which each is told the other's name.

    ‘he returned to his desk, leaving Michael to make the introductions’
    ‘a letter of introduction’
    • ‘There were no formal introductions to begin the meeting - and those who arrived not knowing the group already obviously didn't need to know.’
    • ‘Do you think that formal social introductions should be de rigueur?’
    • ‘As for his name, I hardly think a formal introduction was necessary.’
    • ‘I've got one more stop to make, and then we can make formal introductions, okay?’
    • ‘We were all very nervous but after the formal introduction, it was like talking to the lady next door.’
    • ‘‘Not a problem,’ Marco said with a grin, obviously less formal now that the introductions were over.’
    • ‘Jessica had been waiting in a corner while the dukes had gone through their formal introductions.’
    • ‘The kids didn't even make introductions; names were irrelevant to having fun.’
    • ‘He went through introductions, the names of The Gang and almost a dozen or so individuals who were now a grade or two higher than us who had been friends with Garland in previous years.’
    • ‘Kristin made formal introductions but Jen and Hannah recognized the girls as members of the ‘A’ varsity team.’
    • ‘First of all, let me just make the formal introductions.’
    • ‘Following the western cultural practice of ladies first, the entire session of formal introductions was completed in a blink of the eye.’
    • ‘They can set up formal introductions, ensuring that members get the proper attention.’
    • ‘We never really made it to the last names part of the introductions.’
    • ‘Don't feel embarrassed about forgetting someone's name while making introductions.’
    • ‘In such circumstances, you don't ask for a formal introduction.’
    • ‘After the formal introductions, Julie went on to talk about last year's projects for a long while, then we discussed ideas for this year for about half an hour.’
    • ‘Outside of formal introductions greetings are often vocal and are not accompanied by a handshake or kiss.’
    • ‘He chuckled, turning her so her back faced his chest, and leaned on her shoulder, comforted by her presence without bothering with introductions.’
    • ‘Sometimes I have to check my underpants just to remember my name when introductions are beings made.’
    presentation, formal presentation
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  • 3A thing preliminary to something else, especially an explanatory section at the beginning of a book, report, or speech.

    ‘your talk will need an introduction that states clearly what you are talking about and why’
    • ‘In the ‘about Neil’ section of the website is a bibliography; there are lots of introductions and articles listed.’
    • ‘There's a good introduction to the book in this section of an overall rather pedestrian interview with the author.’
    • ‘Featuring over 140 creative recipes and prefaced by witty introductions, the book offers an inspirational approach to cooking and eating seasonal food.’
    • ‘The technique adopted in this volume is to bundle a series of essays arbitrarily culled from various publications with an explanatory introduction by the volume editor.’
    • ‘As Jolly notes in her introduction and own chapter in the book, the binaries of tradition and modernity are often reinforced by strenuous defenses by advocates on both sides.’
    • ‘On the subject of toiletries, hairbrushes and things, my dictionary says a ‘preface’ is an introduction to a book, usually explaining its intention or content.’
    • ‘The explanation given in the introduction to the original draft of the Bill is unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘The book includes an introduction to the Report and an explanation of its significance to public health reform.’
    • ‘It also said there would be sufficient awareness of the issues to avoid any need for an explanatory introduction on the ballot paper.’
    • ‘Each volume has a brief introduction, plain text on the page, and sketchy notes and glosses at the end.’
    • ‘Perhaps fear of being held to account for theories that pronounce on the nature of value in our culture have made the convention of the disclaimer so frequent in the prefaces or introductions of How To books.’
    • ‘I've also written an explanatory introduction to the site.’
    • ‘Each chapter begins with an explanatory introduction.’
    • ‘In its introduction to this report, Guatemala noted the difficulty of assembling it, stressing that studies of this type are only a recent innovation.’
    • ‘I was pleased to discover all was not lost when I saw the introduction at the beginning of the magazine itself.’
    • ‘And the copious notes and introductions you'll find prefacing the first volume make a strong case for it.’
    • ‘The excerpt is of the very beginning of Cavell's introduction to the book.’
    • ‘The engravings were produced under his direction, while the introduction and explanatory text were written by Fortune Barthelemy de Felice.’
    • ‘The different emphasis of this committee is immediately apparent in the title and was reiterated in the introduction of the report.’
    • ‘The figures that the member for the Green Party refers to came out of a briefing - a brief introduction to a report that is under way on the value added by voluntary agencies.’
    foreword, preface, preamble, prologue, prelude, front matter, lead-in
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    1. 3.1 A preliminary section in a piece of music, often thematically different from the main section.
      • ‘This basic introduction also excludes triads and arpeggios.’
      • ‘From the gentle questioning of the First Sonata's introduction to the insanely entertaining Follia variations at the end, this is a recording that will open ears and minds.’
      • ‘After a short Spanish guitar introduction an electric guitar arpeggio repeats (the ‘surface’).’
      • ‘This concerto has a rather long orchestral introduction, but she sat, patiently, waiting for her turn.’
      • ‘The Seventh begins with a quicker tempo in the introduction as is becoming common these days.’
      • ‘The symphony begins with an introduction where ideas jostle against and interrupt one another.’
      • ‘The short ‘coda’ completes the symmetry of the piece by reprising both the texture and added dominant seventh chord of the introduction.’
      • ‘After a brief introduction, the music becomes a sensuous waltz, filled with regret.’
      • ‘Some of the introductions to these arias are quite lengthy, which gives the players their own chance to shine.’
      • ‘The recurrence of the movement's introduction signals the sonata's final stages.’
      • ‘I guess one could draw an equally strong analogy to the classical symphony's slow introduction before a first-movement allegro.’
      • ‘It also contains brooding and atmospheric music in the introduction and some quite effective string writing in the latter half.’
      • ‘This became especially noticeable during the brief orchestral introduction and the few symphonic transitions provided for set changes.’
      • ‘Extended instrumental introductions and occasional solos for guitar, horn and trumpet add tasteful variety to the program.’
      • ‘In the final movement, after a brief and quiet introduction, the piano enters aggressively with a short phrase.’
      • ‘Track six begins with a brief orchestral introduction, followed by the chorus singing the so-called ‘Panzerlied’.’
      • ‘The trio brought elusive tension to the sometimes brooding slow introduction before the bright melody is introduced.’
      • ‘Unnecessary orchestral introductions taken from Richard Strauss and Rossini add little of value.’
      • ‘The orchestral introduction grips us by the scruff of the neck in the venom with which it makes hunting and stalking aurally incarnate.’
      • ‘It begins with a short, tentative introduction of Bohemian wistfulness before launching on a vigorous sonata-form Allegro con brio.’
    2. 3.2 A book or course of study intended to introduce a subject to a person.
      ‘it is a simple introduction to Euclidean geometry’
      • ‘There are ten units in all, with an introduction on the history of the Christmas carol.’
      • ‘As an introduction to the subject, this is a useful book, provided the reader is aware that the sources cited are inadequate - too much must be accepted on faith.’
      • ‘Its rather curious title means that it was intended as an introduction to a study of the works of Plato, but this is rather fanciful.’
      • ‘For an introduction to the subject, and this study will obviously find its main market among students, it would have been better to maintain the course set in the earlier chapters.’
      • ‘For those of you who haven't heard, the book is a graduate-level introduction to general relativity.’
      • ‘It is intended also as an introduction to the study of Sanitary Science.’
      • ‘This book is intended to serve both as an introduction to the study of globalization and as a more detailed statement of the transnational practices approach to globalization.’
      • ‘Specialist programmes offer students an introduction to courses and careers in various subject areas.’
      • ‘This guide is both a visually engaging and a clearly written introduction to reading the night sky with the naked eye, a telescope, or binoculars.’
      • ‘The book is an accessible introduction to subject matter that is notable for its complexity - rocket science, in fact.’
      • ‘I recommend this book as a concise introduction to a subject that is not only of lively current interest, but also has roots in the works of our great mathematical ancestors.’
      • ‘These books provide a superb introduction for the general reader or a traveller preparing for a visit.’
      • ‘It is generally an introduction to the subject.’
      • ‘It also may be an engaging supplemental text for an undergraduate introduction to family studies course.’
      • ‘An anthology escapes this bane if it serves as an introduction to more extensive study of the subject.’
      • ‘Borchmeyer's book indeed provides an excellent introduction to Wagner's early works, including those never completed.’
      • ‘His book will be of great use as an introduction to witchcraft studies for undergraduates and for the general reader.’
      • ‘With all that said, the book will be for many readers a convenient introduction to a fascinating subject.’
      • ‘Thus, while the book is a good introduction to the subject, it does have some limitations.’
      • ‘This book is, in effect, a fascinating introduction to a vast subject.’
      basic explanation of, brief account of, description of
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    3. 3.3in singular A person's first experience of a subject or thing.
      ‘my introduction to drama was through an amateur dramatic society’
      • ‘My introduction to swordplay was not going well.’
      • ‘His introduction to the game was slow and frustrating.’
      • ‘She is generous in her comments about her own introduction to poetry.’
      • ‘My introduction to showbiz came through the boy scouts.’
      • ‘Our introduction to the project was through storytelling.’
      • ‘My introduction to his work as a composer was in the form of his Sonate Romantique for flute and piano.’
      • ‘The roots of this approach might be traced to his introduction to experimental film-making.’
      • ‘Their introduction to the United States began as a tantalizing but inchoate suggestion of opportunity.’
      • ‘Her introduction to serious gardening came at the age of five, when she helped her dad to turn a one-acre wilderness into a lush green lawn.’
      • ‘My introduction to what would become one of my favorite pastimes - the gay getaway - happened almost by accident.’
      • ‘His introduction to Test cricket in 1993 saw him savaged by the Australians and he looked like another devastating county bowler not tough enough for England.’
      • ‘My introduction to the Connemara way of life in the late 1960 s coincided with the last days of an older generation which had seen life under English rule and the emerging Irish Free State.’
      • ‘Their introduction to Australian ruminants proved to be successful… and the rest is history.’
      • ‘‘My first introduction to music was to traditional Greek,’ he recalls.’
      • ‘His introduction to youth work came two years ago through an adventure holiday organised by local police.’
      • ‘Having said that, the birth of this most memorable of patients would not have been such a remarkable experience if my introduction to obstetrics had been a little more conventional.’
      • ‘My introduction to the wonder of dogs came from my wife Robyn.’
      • ‘My introduction to torment and bullying also began in primary school.’
      • ‘My introduction to the former Yugoslavia was thus entirely literary.’
      • ‘Her introduction to sports took place when she was eight.’
      initiation, induction, baptism, inauguration, debut
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Late Middle English: from Latin introductio(n-), from the verb introducere (see introduce).