What does initiate mean?

Definitions for initiate
ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪtini·ti·ate

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.

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

  2. initiate(Noun)

    One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.

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

  3. initiate(Verb)

    To begin, to start, to introduce.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  2. Initiate(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  4. Initiate(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  5. Initiate(adj)

    unpracticed; untried; new

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  6. Initiate(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  7. Initiate(noun)

    one who is, or is to be, initiated

    Etymology: [L. initiatus, p. p.]

Editors Contribution

  1. initiate

    To create or start intuitively.

    They did initiate change proactively.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of initiate in a Sentence

  1. Bertram Malle:

    If Bertram Malle then wish for something that Bertram Malle can control, Bertram Malle might strengthen Bertram Malle goal and initiate planning and persistence ; if Bertram Malle wish for something Bertram Malle can not control, Bertram Malle might at least have the momentary glow of an imagined world.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    A person who expects support or appreciation for his good efforts from own companions like friends, relatives or even family members will either not be able to initiate anything worthy or trip midway while going towards the destination.

  3. Joe Biden:

    Denying Congress the information, which it is constitutionally entitled to, and obstructing its efforts to investigate actions is not the conduct of an American president. It's an abuse of power, president Donald Trump will leave Congress, in my view, no choice but to initiate impeachment. That would be a tragedy, but a tragedy of President Donald Trump own making.

  4. Jasmine Opperman:

    If ISIS had had information on the precise whereabouts of AQAP leaders, would it also have made sense that Islamic State would have usedthat to initiate their own attacks and thereby not only claim expansion into Yemen, but also being responsible for killing AQAP leaders?

  5. Daniel Salomon:

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

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