- 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 uninitiated
To the uninitiated, this might smack of poor taste and inappropriate timing.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
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Now, with the publication of ‘Loitering,’ the uninitiated can discover what all the fuss is about.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
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For the uninitiated, the film is set on a future Earth whose crops (save corn) have been wiped out by a mysterious blight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
The science behind a hologram is mind-bending for the uninitiated.New York’s Hologram King Is Also the City’s Last Pro Holographer
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But the video may also be an unfair introduction for the uninitiated to Solange.10 Things You Didn't Know About Solange, the Woman at the Center of the Jay Z Slapfest
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He does not make it quite plain to the uninitiated as to how this is to be done.The Arena
It is difficult for the uninitiated to arrive at the esoteric meaning of these writings.The Faith of Islam
It was bone-black, which cannot be told from lamp-black or soot by the uninitiated.The Ambulance Made Two Trips
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There was no greater crime than the "betrayal" of secrets to the uninitiated.
The future is veiled and sealed to the uninitiated; it is unsealed in initiation.
- not having gained knowledge or experience of a particular subject or activity
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the uninitiated
- 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 uninitiated
"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.