initiate

[verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt]

verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.

adjective

noun

a person who has been initiated.

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

Synonyms for initiate

Synonym study

1. See begin.

Antonyms for initiate

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Examples from the Web for initiate

Contemporary Examples of initiate

Historical Examples of initiate

  • What they meant was not for the profane, or even for the initiate.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • 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

    Ferdinand Ossendowski


British Dictionary definitions for initiate

initiate

verb (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt) (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 (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

initiated; begun

noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

a person who has been initiated, esp recently
a beginner; novice

Word Origin for initiate

C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial
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Word Origin and History for initiate
n.

"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).

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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