Word of the Month: Introduce

Jeanette Bazeley, October 1, 2022

Introduce

Verb

  1. Bring into use or operation for the first time. Example: The first smartphone was introduced to the market in 2000.
  2. To make (someone) known by name to another in person, especially formally. Example: I would like to introduce you to Jenny, my new business manager.
  3. To occur at the start of; precede. Example: The opera is introduced by a number of silent dances that set the scene for the story.  
  4. Insert or bring into something. Example: Yesterday I bought a new device which introduces chlorine into the pool automatically.

Synonyms: to make known or public, announce, offer, submit

Note: The most common meaning of the word introduce is #1; to make someone or something known by name. As seen in meaning #3, introduce can also mean to insert something, as its often confused false friend in Spanish (introducir) suggests. However, it is not often used with this meaning in English. Many Spanish speakers will directly translate the word presentar (in Spanish, to introduce someone) I want to present you to my class. Remember that it can be dangerous to directly translate your thoughts from one language to another; you might be inviting someone up on stage as part of your presentation!

Quotes that Include “Introduce”

“Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.” —Eric Hoffer

“In the 21st century, I think the heroes will be the people who will improve the quality of life, fight poverty and introduce more sustainability.” —Bertrand Piccard

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but perhaps by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ―Maya Angelou

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