introduction noun

1 first use

ADJ. early, gradual, recent, widespread

PREP. ~ into the gradual introduction of modern farming methods into traditional societies

2 first part of a book/talk

ADJ. brief, short He began with a brief introduction.

PREP. in an/the ~ His mother is mentioned in the introduction. | ~ to the introduction to her latest book

3 book for studying a subject

ADJ. excellent, general, useful It serves as an excellent introduction to 19th-century painting.

PREP. ~ to

4 telling people each other's names

ADJ. formal

VERB + INTRODUCTION make I can never remember names, so I don't like to make the introductions.

PHRASES a letter of introduction He gave me a letter of introduction to the manager.