verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.
- initial rhyme,
- initial teaching alphabet,
- initiating agent,
- initiation factor,
Origin of initiate
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|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“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|Daniel Gross|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Men need to step up and have this discussion, and not rely on women to initiate and lead it.
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|DAILY BEAST
They can initiate ideas and catalyze a certain form, but the trick is not to begin, but to sustain.
Some of Darwin's adherents endeavoured to initiate what they called a scientific philosophy, attempting to prove more than he did.Lafcadio Hearn|Nina H. Kennard
They hold meetings in the thickets, and in every secret place, to initiate members.The American Indian as Slaveholder and Seccessionist|Annie Heloise Abel
From this point they might, at some future day, initiate an offensive against Bulgaria which might become extremely dangerous.
These were standing at their father's elbow, who was studiously endeavouring to initiate them in the early mysteries of grammar.Framley Parsonage|Anthony Trollope
Three influential writers, who appeared at this stage and helped to initiate a new period of research, may specially be mentioned.Evolution in Modern Thought|Ernst Haeckel
verb (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt) (tr)
adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
Word Origin 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.