[ 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.
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.
Government. to propose (a measure) by initiative procedure: to initiate a constitutional amendment.
admitted into an organization or group, secret knowledge, etc.
introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
initiated; begun: the recently initiate measures.
a person who has been initiated.
OTHER WORDS FOR initiate
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Origin of 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
re·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, adjective
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How to use initiate in a sentence
They reconciled, but Fiore had reinitiated contact with an old boyfriend.
British Dictionary definitions for 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)
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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