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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

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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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  • He does not make it quite plain to the uninitiated as to how this is to be done.

    The Arena

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  • It is difficult for the uninitiated to arrive at the esoteric meaning of these writings.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for uninitiated

uninitiated

adjective
    1. not having gained knowledge or experience of a particular subject or activity
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the uninitiated
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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 uninitiated

adj.

1670s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of initiate (v.).

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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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