Definitions for Initiateɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•i•ti•ate*ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt(v.; adj., n.; adj.; n.)-at•ed, -at•ing
(v.t.)to begin, set going, or originate:
to initiate major social reforms.
to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
to admit into the membership of an organization or group, esp. with formal or secret rites.
admitted into an organizaton or group.
introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
(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
novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate(noun)
someone new to a field or activity
initiate, learned person, pundit, savant(noun)
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
"it is very familiar to the initiate"
originate, initiate, start(verb)
bring into being
"He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
"African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
bring up a topic for discussion
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
initiate(verb)ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adj., n. -ɪt, -ˌeɪt
***to cause to begin
a new set of studies initiated by the drug company
initiateɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adj., n. -ɪt, -ˌeɪt
to accept sb as a member of a group with a ceremony
to initiate sb into a club
A new member of an organization.
One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.
To begin, to start, to introduce.
Origin: From initiatus, perfect passive participle of initio, from initium, from ineo, from in + eo.
to introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon
to acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce
to introduce into a society or organization; to confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies
to do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative
unpracticed; untried; new
begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted
one who is, or is to be, initiated
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.
- iniciarPortuguese (BR)
- ins Leben rufenGerman
- påbegynde; iværksætte; indføreDanish
- ξεκινώ, εγκαινιάζωGreek
- iniciar, poner en marchaSpanish
- شروع کردنFarsi
- koma af staðIcelandic
- iniziare, avviareItalian
- pradėti, duoti pradžiąLithuanian
- ierosināt; ieviest; uzsāktLatvian
- starte opp, sette i gangNorwegian
- شروع کردنPersian
- پیل کولPashto
- a lansaRomanian
- začať; uviesť; otvoriť; spustiťSlovak
- sätta i gång, initieraSwedish
- 開始Chinese (Trad.)
- започаткувати; початиUkrainian
- آغاذ کرناUrdu
- khởi xướngVietnamese
- 开始Chinese (Simp.)
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