[ 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.
to begin, set going, or originate: to initiate major social reforms.
to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
to admit or accept with formal rites into an organization or group, secret knowledge, adult society, etc.
to propose (a measure) by initiative procedure: to initiate a constitutional amendment.
admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
a person who has been initiated.
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Origin of initiate
SYNONYMS FOR initiate
ANTONYMS FOR initiate
synonym study for initiate
1. See begin.
OTHER WORDS FROM initiate
in·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, noun
qua·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
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British Dictionary definitions for reinitiated
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)
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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