Etymology: Middle English, from Latin introducere, from intro- + ducere to lead — more at tow
Date: 15th century
1. to lead or bring in especially for the first time <introduce a nonnative species> 2. a. to bring into play b. to bring into practice or use ; institute 3. to lead to or make known by a formal act, announcement, or recommendation: as a. to cause to be acquainted b. to present formally at court or into society c. to present or announce formally or officially or by an official reading <introduce legislation> d. to make preliminary explanatory or laudatory remarks about e. to bring (as an actor or singer) before the public for the first time 4. place, insert <introduce foreign genes into crops> 5. to bring to a knowledge of something <introduced them to new ideas> • introducer noun Synonyms: introduce, insert, insinuate, interpolate, intercalate, interpose, interject mean to put between or among others. introduce is a general term for bringing or placing a thing or person into a group or body already in existence <introduced a new topic into the conversation>. insert implies putting into a fixed or open space between or among <inserted a clause in the contract>. insinuate implies introducing gradually or by gentle pressure <insinuated himself into the group>. interpolate applies to the inserting of something extraneous or spurious <interpolated her own comments into the report>. intercalate suggests an intrusive inserting of something in an existing series or sequence <new chapters intercalated with the old>. interpose suggests inserting an obstruction or cause of delay <interpose barriers to communication>. interject implies an abrupt or forced introduction <interjected a question>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.