[ ih-nish-ee-ey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for initiation on
  1. formal admission or acceptance into an organization or club, adult status in one's community or society, etc.

  2. the ceremonies or rites of admission.: Compare rite of passage.

  1. the act of initiating.

  2. 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

Other words from initiation

  • pre·in·i·ti·a·tion, noun

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How to use initiation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for initiation


/ (ɪˌnɪʃɪˈeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of initiating or the condition of being initiated

  2. the often secret ceremony initiating new members into an organization

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