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initiate

[ verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt ]
/ verb 瑟藞n瑟蕛 i藢e瑟t; adjective, noun 瑟藞n瑟蕛 i 瑟t, -藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路i路ti路at路ed, in路i路ti路at路ing.
adjective
noun
a person who has been initiated.
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Origin of initiate

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; from Latin initi膩tus, past participle of initi膩re 鈥渢o ritually initiate, admit,鈥 equivalent to initi(um) 鈥渂eginning鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see initial,-ate1

synonym study for initiate

1. See begin.

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British Dictionary definitions for initiate

initiate

verb (瑟藞n瑟蕛瑟藢e瑟t) (tr)
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
adjective (瑟藞n瑟蕛瑟瑟t, -藢e瑟t)
initiated; begun
noun (瑟藞n瑟蕛瑟瑟t, -藢e瑟t)
a person who has been initiated, esp recently
a beginner; novice

Word Origin for initiate

C17: from Latin initi膩re (vb), from initium; see initial
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