initiate

[verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt]

verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.

adjective

noun

a person who has been initiated.

Origin of initiate

1595–1605; < Latin initiātus past participle of initiāre, equivalent to initi(um) (see initial) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·i·ti·a·tor, nounnon·in·i·ti·ate, nounpre·in·i·ti·ate, verb (used with object), pre·in·i·ti·at·ed, pre·in·i·ti·at·ing.pre·in·i·ti·ate, nounqua·si-in·i·ti·at·ed, adjectivere·in·i·ti·ate, verb (used with object), re·in·i·ti·at·ed, re·in·i·ti·at·ing.un·in·i·ti·ate, adjectiveun·in·i·ti·at·ed, adjectivewell-in·i·ti·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms for initiate

Synonym study

1. See begin.

Antonyms for initiate

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Examples from the Web for initiator

Historical Examples of initiator

  • The man may be the initiator in action, but the woman is initiator in emotion.

  • He became thus, in later years, the initiator of the Peking-Hankow railway.

    Belgium

    Emile Cammaerts

  • 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

    Martin Conway

  • Plato, therefore, is the founder and initiator of all idealism.


British Dictionary definitions for initiator

initiator

noun

a person or thing that initiates
chem a substance that starts a chain reaction
chem an explosive used in detonators
Derived Formsinitiatress or initiatrix, fem n

initiate

verb (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt) (tr)

to begin or originate
to accept (new members) into an organization such as a club, through often secret ceremonies
to teach fundamentals toshe initiated him into the ballet

adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

initiated; begun

noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

a person who has been initiated, esp recently
a beginner; novice

Word Origin for initiate

C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial
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Word Origin and History for initiator

initiate

n.

"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).

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.

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