Hypertext Webster Gateway: "introduce"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Introduce \In`tro*duce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Introduced}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Introducing}.] [L. introducere, introductum;
intro within + ducere to lead. See {Intro-}, and {Duke}.]
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. [Obs.]

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.

Syn: To bring in; usher in; insert; begin; preface.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you
with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the
community" [syn: {present}, {acquaint}]
2: bring something new to an environment; "A new word processor
was introduced" [syn: {innovate}]
3: introduce; "Insert your ticket here" [syn: {insert}, {enclose},
{inclose}, {stick in}, {put in}]
4: bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment;
"He brought in a new judge"; "The new secretary introduced
a nasty rumor" [syn: {bring in}]
5: bring in or establish; "introduce a new rule"
6: put or introduce into something; "insert a picture into the
text" [syn: {insert}, {infix}, {enter}]
7: bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor,
song, etc. [syn: {bring out}]
8: as of legislation into a legislative body
9: furnish with a preface [syn: {preface}, {premise}]
10: be a precursor of; "The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in
the post-Cold War period" [syn: {inaugurate}, {usher in}]

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