What does Initiate mean?

Definitions for Initiateɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Initiate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate(noun)

    someone new to a field or activity

  2. initiate, learned person, pundit, savant(noun)

    someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

  3. initiate, enlightened(verb)

    people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

    "it is very familiar to the initiate"

  4. originate, initiate, start(verb)

    bring into being

    "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

  5. initiate, pioneer(verb)

    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

    "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

  6. initiate, induct(verb)

    accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite

    "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"

  7. broach, initiate(verb)

    bring up a topic for discussion

  8. lead up, initiate(verb)

    set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

    "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"


  1. initiate(Noun)

    A new member of an organization.

  2. initiate(Noun)

    One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.

  3. initiate(Verb)

    To begin, to start, to introduce.

  4. Origin: From initiatus, perfect passive participle of initio, from initium, from ineo, from in + eo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Initiate(verb)

    to introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon

  2. Initiate(verb)

    to acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce

  3. Initiate(verb)

    to introduce into a society or organization; to confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies

  4. Initiate(verb)

    to do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative

  5. Initiate(adj)

    unpracticed; untried; new

  6. Initiate(adj)

    begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted

  7. Initiate(noun)

    one who is, or is to be, initiated

  8. Origin: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Initiate' in Verbs Frequency: #715


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Initiate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Initiate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. B. F. Skinner:

    Does a poet create, originate, initiate the thing called a poem, or is his behavior merely the product of his genetic and environmental histories?

  2. Rodolfo Canicoba Corral:

    When the wiretaps are done without control, they are not irrefutable, nisman took it upon himself to initiate an investigation without judicial control.

  3. Inovio Chief Executive Joseph Kim:

    We will next test the vaccine in non-human primates and initiate clinical product manufacturing. We plan to initiate Phase I human testing of our Zika vaccine before the end of 2016.

  4. Bruce Aylward:

    As soon as they develop fever and become sick, if you get them into isolation they will not initiate another chain of transmission, this is part of the end-game of Ebola, it is trying to monitor those contacts.

  5. Med Jones:

    There is an undercurrent of cultural changes in the Middle East region driven by the globalization of media and the Internet. Smart leaders will anticipate these changes and initiate gradual democratic reforms to avoid political instability and economic problems.

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