- to begin, set going, or originate: to initiate major social reforms.
- to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
- to admit or accept with formal rites into an organization or group, secret knowledge, adult society, etc.
- to propose (a measure) by initiative procedure: to initiate a constitutional amendment.
- initiated; begun.
- admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
- introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
- a person who has been initiated.
Origin of initiate
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Examples from the Web for initiated
The only honest discussion of football will be one initiated and sustained by fans.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
Anna Wintour, an early supporter of Galliano, initiated his temporary post with de la Renta.Is Designer John Galliano Back for Good?
October 7, 2014
That does not explain exactly why the woman suddenly wanted nothing to do with a case that she had initiated.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
That agreement, initiated in 2009, has earned Florida State $1 million through April, according to the university.Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology
Center for Public Integrity
September 12, 2014
“I really hope that a peaceful process will be initiated in Minsk on Friday,” Poroshenko said at a meeting in Kiev.Putin and Poroshenko Agree to… Think About a Ukraine Ceasefire
September 3, 2014
Those who were initiated were supposed to be peculiarly under the protection of the gods.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
So the letter ran; and that tells volumes to the initiated about young Haskell.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He breakfasted at Mrs. McKee's, and was initiated into the mystery of the ticket punch.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was like one transformed, the cynosure of all initiated in the mysteries of this divinity.The Symposium
He was pleased with the adventure—if not as pleased as his initiated companion.The Princess Virginia
C. N. Williamson
- to begin or originate
- to accept (new members) into an organization such as a club, through often secret ceremonies
- to teach fundamentals toshe initiated him into the ballet
- initiated; begun
- a person who has been initiated, esp recently
- a beginner; novice
Word Origin and History for initiated
"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).
c.1600, "introduce to some practice or system," also "begin, set going," from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare "to begin, originate," from initium "beginning" (see initial). In some senses a back-formation from initiation. Related: Initiated; initiates; initiating; initiator.