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initiate

[verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt] /verb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪˈnɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), initiated, initiating.
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
5.
initiated; begun.
6.
admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
7.
introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
noun
8.
a person who has been initiated.
Origin of initiate
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin initiātus past participle of initiāre, equivalent to initi(um) (see initial) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
initiator, noun
noninitiate, noun
preinitiate, verb (used with object), preinitiated, preinitiating.
preinitiate, noun
quasi-initiated, adjective
reinitiate, verb (used with object), reinitiated, reinitiating.
uninitiate, adjective
uninitiated, adjective
well-initiated, adjective
Synonyms
1. commence; introduce, inaugurate, open. 2. teach, instruct, indoctrinate, train.
Antonyms
1. conclude.
Synonym Study
1. See begin.
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Examples from the Web for initiator
Historical Examples
  • The man may be the initiator in action, but the woman is initiator in emotion.

  • He became thus, in later years, the initiator of the Peking-Hankow railway.

    Belgium

    Emile Cammaerts
  • 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 Martin Conway
  • Plato, therefore, is the founder and initiator of all idealism.

  • Guru—spiritual preceptor, initiator into learning or a faith.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • "That oligarchy must also in its end be overthrown," continued the initiator.

  • At the great exhibition at Paris one saw both master and scholars; or it would be better to say, the initiator and the imitators.

  • Again and again Fra Filippo acts as initiator and sets the fashion for whole generations of artists.

    Filippo Lippi Paul G. Konody
  • He saw it come in powerfully with Mr. Flack, after Miss Dosson had proposed they should walk off without their initiator.

    The Reverberator Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for initiator

initiator

/ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪtə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that initiates
2.
(chem) a substance that starts a chain reaction
3.
(chem) an explosive used in detonators
Derived Forms
initiatress, initiatrix, noun:feminine

initiate

verb (transitive) (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt)
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 to: she initiated him into the ballet
adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
4.
initiated; begun
noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
5.
a person who has been initiated, esp recently
6.
a beginner; novice
Word Origin
C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial
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Word Origin and History for initiator

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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