1. To lead or bring in; to conduct or usher in; as, to introduce a person into a drawing-room.
2. To put (something into a place); to insert; as, to introduce the finger, or a probe.
3. To lead to and make known by formal announcement or recommendation; hence, to cause to be acquainted; as, to introduce strangers; to introduce one person to another.
4. To bring into notice, practice, cultivation, or use; as, to introduce a new fashion, method, or plant.
5. To produce; to cause to exist; to induce. "Whosoever introduces habits in children, deserves the care and attention of their governors." (Locke)
6. To open to notice; to begin; to present; as, he introduced the subject with a long preface.
Synonyms: To bring in, usher in, insert, begin, preface.
Origin: L. Introducere, introductum; intro within + ducere to lead. See Intro-, and Duke.
(01 Mar 1998)