- 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 initiator
The man may be the initiator in action, but the woman is initiator in emotion.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
He became thus, in later years, the initiator of the Peking-Hankow railway.Belgium
And in this respect he was again an initiator in Florentine art.Filippo Lippi
Paul G. Konody
I do not know who was the initiator of the movement or in what country it was first apparent.The Alps
Plato, therefore, is the founder and initiator of all idealism.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
- a person or thing that initiates
- chem a substance that starts a chain reaction
- chem an explosive used in detonators
- 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 initiator
"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.