- 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 initiating
It did not prove that Roosevelt was initiating an inevitable alliance against Nazism.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
Also left unsaid by Wise: Goodell was not initiating a law enforcement investigation.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Sept 14
September 14, 2014
She easily speaks what she thinks and not with the intention of initiating a fight with someone or playing games.Game of Thrones’ Sibel Kekilli Discusses Shae’s Treachery at the Trial of Tyrion Lannister
May 13, 2014
Kerry is correct when he argues that Israel should be rewarded for initiating final status negotiations with the Palestinians.Kerry Is Wrong to Pressure E.U. to Ease Up on West Bank Settlements
September 11, 2013
The core aim was simple: to discourage Arabs from initiating hostile actions.The End Of Deterrence
November 13, 2012
In initiating them into the mysteries of French cookery my sister was of great service.Freeland
Such was Jefferson's way of initiating the measures of the Administration.Union and Democracy
This could not be done in the first initiating ordinance of the church,—circumcision.Bertha and Her Baptism
He spoke as though he were initiating Roddy into a secret order.The White Mice
Richard Harding Davis
In still other cases, earthquakes are the initiating cause of movement.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
- 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 initiating
"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.