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initiation

[ ih-nish-ee-ey-shuhn ]
/ ɪˌnɪʃ iˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun
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.
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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

initiation
/ (ɪˌnɪʃɪˈeɪʃən) /

noun
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

initiation
[ ĭ-nĭsh′ē-āshən ]

n.
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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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