[ ih-nish-ee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ɪˌnɪʃ iˈeɪ ʃən /


formal admission or acceptance into an organization or club, adult status in one's community or society, etc.
the ceremonies or rites of admission.Compare rite of passage.
the act of initiating.
the fact of being initiated.

Origin of initiation

First recorded in 1575–85, initiation is from the Latin word initiātiōn- (stem of initiātiō). See initiate, -ion


pre·in·i·ti·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for initiation

/ (ɪˌnɪʃɪˈeɪʃən) /


the act of initiating or the condition of being initiated
the often secret ceremony initiating new members into an organization
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Medical definitions for initiation

[ ĭ-nĭsh′ē-āshən ]


The act or an instance of initiating.
The condition of being initiated.
The first stage of tumor induction by a carcinogen in which cells are altered so that they are likely to form a tumor upon subsequent exposure to a promoting agent.
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