verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.
- initial rhyme,
- initial teaching alphabet,
- initiating agent,
- initiation factor,
Origin of initiate
Examples from the Web for initiator
The core of the bomb consisted of two hemispheres of plutonium, (Pu-239), and an initiator.Trinity [Atomic Test] Site|The National Atomic Museum
I do not know who was the initiator of the movement or in what country it was first apparent.The Alps|Martin Conway
At the great exhibition at Paris one saw both master and scholars; or it would be better to say, the initiator and the imitators.
We have already, in the course of our survey of Giorgione's pictures, noted the points wherein he was an initiator.Giorgione|Herbert Cook
I hope history will not credit Mr. Lincoln with being the initiator.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862|Adam Gurowski
verb (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt) (tr)
adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
Word Origin for initiate
"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.