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initiate

[verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt]
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verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.
  1. to begin, set going, or originate: to initiate major social reforms.
  2. to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
  3. to admit or accept with formal rites into an organization or group, secret knowledge, adult society, etc.
  4. to propose (a measure) by initiative procedure: to initiate a constitutional amendment.
adjective
  1. initiated; begun.
  2. admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
  3. introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
noun
  1. a person who has been initiated.

Origin of initiate

1595–1605; < Latin initiātus past participle of initiāre, equivalent to initi(um) (see initial) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·i·ti·a·tor, nounnon·in·i·ti·ate, nounpre·in·i·ti·ate, verb (used with object), pre·in·i·ti·at·ed, pre·in·i·ti·at·ing.pre·in·i·ti·ate, nounqua·si-in·i·ti·at·ed, adjectivere·in·i·ti·ate, verb (used with object), re·in·i·ti·at·ed, re·in·i·ti·at·ing.un·in·i·ti·ate, adjectiveun·in·i·ti·at·ed, adjectivewell-in·i·ti·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. commence; introduce, inaugurate, open. 2. teach, instruct, indoctrinate, train.

Synonym study

1. See begin.

Antonyms

1. conclude.
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  • 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.

  • He breakfasted at Mrs. McKee's, and was initiated into the mystery of the ticket punch.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He was like one transformed, the cynosure of all initiated in the mysteries of this divinity.

  • He was pleased with the adventure—if not as pleased as his initiated companion.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for initiated

initiate

verb (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to begin or originate
  2. to accept (new members) into an organization such as a club, through often secret ceremonies
  3. to teach fundamentals toshe initiated him into the ballet
adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. initiated; begun
noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. a person who has been initiated, esp recently
  2. a beginner; novice

Word Origin

C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial
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Word Origin and History for initiated

initiate

n.

"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).

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.

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