- 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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Related Wordsbegin, launch, institute, trigger, inaugurate, open, commence, introduce, invest, originate, pioneer, admit, install, enter, induct, intro, familiarize, coach, edify, indoctrinate
Examples from the Web for initiate
The feminist movement has encouraged women that they can initiate romantic relationships, too.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
“Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology,” he wrote.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road
June 15, 2014
Men need to step up and have this discussion, and not rely on women to initiate and lead it.#YesAllWomen Should Have the Church On Their Side
June 1, 2014
Initiate a dialogue about how we are all kind of like little people, if you think about it, at least compared to the One Percent.How to Celebrate 4/20 Without Actually Smoking Weed
Kelly Williams Brown
April 20, 2014
They can initiate ideas and catalyze a certain form, but the trick is not to begin, but to sustain.Chang-rae Lee: How I Write
January 22, 2014
What they meant was not for the profane, or even for the initiate.The Paliser case
It is mine to initiate you into the highly respectable mysteries.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
No guide-book ever can initiate you into the atmosphere of a city like Prague.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
The Senate, however, cannot initiate a treaty, the President alone can do that.Ethics in Service
William Howard Taft
So then we began to initiate the plan of the new expedition.Beasts, Men and Gods
- 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 initiate
"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.