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initiate

[ verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt ]
/ verb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪˈnɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing.
adjective
noun
a person who has been initiated.
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Origin of initiate

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin initiātus, past participle of initiāre “to ritually initiate, admit,” equivalent to initi(um) “beginning” + -ātus past participle suffix; see initial,-ate1

synonym study for initiate

1. See begin.

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British Dictionary definitions for initiate

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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