initiate

[ verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt ]
/ verb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪˈnɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt /

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

adjective

noun

a person who has been initiated.

Nearby words

  1. initial rhyme,
  2. initial teaching alphabet,
  3. initialism,
  4. initialize,
  5. initially,
  6. initiating agent,
  7. initiation,
  8. initiation factor,
  9. initiative,
  10. initiator

Origin of initiate

1595–1605; < Latin initiātus past participle of initiāre, equivalent to initi(um) (see initial) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See begin.

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British Dictionary definitions for initiator

initiator

/ (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪtə) /

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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