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.

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 uninitiated (1 of 2)

uninitiated

/ (ˌʌnɪˈnɪʃɪeɪtɪd) /

adjective

  1. not having gained knowledge or experience of a particular subject or activity
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the uninitiated

British Dictionary definitions for uninitiated (2 of 2)

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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