Definitions for Initiateɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•i•ti•ate*ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt(v.; adj., n.; adj.; n.)-at•ed, -at•ing

  1. (v.t.)to begin, set going, or originate:

    to initiate major social reforms.

  2. to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.

  3. to admit into the membership of an organization or group, esp. with formal or secret rites.

  4. (adj.)initiated; begun.

  5. admitted into an organizaton or group.

  6. introduced to the knowledge of a subject.

  7. (n.)a person who has been initiated.

* Syn: See begin.

Origin of initiate:

1595–1605; < L initiātus, ptp. of initiāre, v. der. of initium; see initial


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. initiate(verb)ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adj., n. -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

    ***to cause to begin

    a new set of studies initiated by the drug company

  2. initiateɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adj., n. -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

    to accept sb as a member of a group with a ceremony

    to initiate sb into a club


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Translations for Initiate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to start (eg a plan, scheme, changes, reforms etc)

He initiated a scheme for helping old people with their shopping.

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