- 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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Examples from the Web for initiates
The idea that January 1st initiates a period of new beginning is not a flash of Hallmark brilliance.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
In 1983, Gaddafi initiates work on the Great Manmade River, a network of wells and pipelines for water.Muammar Gaddafi's 25 Strangest Moments
David A. Graham
February 23, 2011
There must have been literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of initiates, across the millennium of classical history.The Best of Brit Lit
May 27, 2010
In secularities it is always Evu who initiates, and Tara admiringly follows.Lotus Buds
It is the hidden wisdom of the initiates; the alchemical mysteries of the Ancients.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
This is true of the sacred feasts attended by the initiates.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
At last he accorded his sympathy to her also, and admitted her to the circle of the initiates.Mystics and Saints of Islam
It is thus that the initiates describe the effect of the Mysteries upon them.Christianity As A Mystical Fact
- 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 initiates
"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.