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. Xu Jinhui:

    Once in possession of solid evidence, we will initiate confiscation procedures according to the law.

  2. Daniel Salomon:

    We need to initiate discussions with a broad group of stakeholders in this country, starting with the patients, families and payers.

  3. Ahmad Chatila:

    Our decision to initiate a court-supervised restructuring was a difficult but important step to address our immediate liquidity issues.

  4. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying:

    To initiate any political reform process is not easy. If this proposal is vetoed, it could be several years before the next opportunity.

  5. 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?

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