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"introduction" in British English

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introductionnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.trəˈdʌk.ʃən/  us   /ˌɪn.trəˈdʌk.ʃən/
  • 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.

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  • 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).
(Definition of introduction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"introduction" in American English

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introductionnoun

 us   /ˌɪn·trəˈdʌk·ʃən/
  • introduction noun (SPEECH)

literature [C] a short speech or piece of writing that comes before a longer speech or written text, usually giving basic information about what is to follow: The author’s introduction explains the organization of the book.
  • introduction noun (FORMAL MEETING)

[C] the act of formally presenting someone to a group: Let me do the introductions (= introduce everyone to each other).
  • introduction noun (FIRST USE)

[U] the act of putting something into use for the first time, or of putting something into a new place: The introduction of express buses is scheduled for July.
(Definition of introduction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"introduction" in Business English

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introductionnoun

uk   us   /ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃən/
[U] COMMERCE, MARKETING the act of making goods or services available to be bought for the first time: the introduction of sth to sth The company has announced the introduction of a new games console to the market.
[C] COMMERCE, MARKETING a product or service that is made available for the first time: She has successfully enhanced the financial stability of the company through product introductions.
[U] the bringing in of something such as a new system, rule, or method: the introduction of sth Problems at the company have been caused by the introduction of a new computer system. These procedures now only take a few seconds to complete thanks to the introduction of £30m of new technology. She campaigned for the introduction of a national minimum wage.
[C or U] the act of introducing one person to another: Our next guest speaker needs little introduction. Shall I do the introductions?
[C] the first part of something such as a book or report: introduction to sth In the introduction to the book I used data from the Performance Measurement Association.
LAW a situation in which a new law is formally suggested to be discussed and voted on by a parliament: The first step in Parliamentary procedure is the introduction and first reading of the bill.
(Definition of introduction from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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