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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.
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adjective
  1. initiated; begun.
  2. admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
  3. introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
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noun
  1. a person who has been initiated.
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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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  • In initiating them into the mysteries of French cookery my sister was of great service.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • Such was Jefferson's way of initiating the measures of the Administration.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • This could not be done in the first initiating ordinance of the church,—circumcision.

  • He spoke as though he were initiating Roddy into a secret order.

    The White Mice

    Richard Harding Davis

  • In still other cases, earthquakes are the initiating cause of movement.


British Dictionary definitions for initiating

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
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adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. initiated; begun
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noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. a person who has been initiated, esp recently
  2. a beginner; novice
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Word Origin

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

initiate

n.

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

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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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