Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “introduction”

introduction

noun uk   /ˌɪn.trəˈdʌk.ʃən/ us  

introduction noun (PUT INTO USE)

B2 [U] an occasion when something is put into use or brought to a place for the first time: The introduction of new working practices has dramatically improved productivity. Within a year of its introduction, questions began to emerge about the safety of the drug.specialized The introduction of the tube into the artery is a very delicate procedure.

introduction noun (GIVING SB'S NAME)

B2 [C or U] the action of telling someone another person's name the first time that they meet: You'll have to do/make the introductions - I don't know everyone's name. My next guest needs no introduction (= is already known to everyone).

introduction noun (BEGINNING)

B2 [C] the first part of something: Have you read the introduction to the third edition? The song's great, but the introduction's a bit too long.

introduction noun (FIRST EXPERIENCE)

C1 [S] the first time someone experiences something: That trip was my introduction to winter sports.

introduction noun (BASIC KNOWLEDGE)

B2 [C] a book or course that provides basic knowledge about a subject: an introduction to psychology
(Definition of introduction from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of introduction?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “introduction” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More