verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.
Origin of initiate
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Related Words for initiatordiscoverer, opener, designer, producer, founder, author, architect, maker, trespasser, assailant, invader, intruder, precursor, patron, benefactor, creator, builder, planner, organizer, inventor
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Historical Examples of initiator
The man may be the initiator in action, but the woman is initiator in emotion.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
He became thus, in later years, the initiator of the Peking-Hankow railway.Belgium
And in this respect he was again an initiator in Florentine art.Filippo Lippi
Paul G. Konody
I do not know who was the initiator of the movement or in what country it was first apparent.The Alps
Plato, therefore, is the founder and initiator of all idealism.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
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.