initiate

initiate
I UK [ɪˈnɪʃɪeɪt] / US [ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "initiate":
present tense I/you/we/they initiate he/she/it initiates present participle initiating past tense initiated past participle initiated
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1)
a) formal to make something start

The company initiated a management training programme for small businesses.

We shall initiate urgent discussions with our European partners.

b) legal to start a legal case or process

The Act allows children, for the first time, to initiate proceedings.

2) to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it
initiate someone into something:

Nicky was initiated into a world of robbery and violence.

3) to make someone a member of an organization or group, often with a special ceremony
initiate someone into something:

At the age of 30 they were initiated into the higher ranks of the movement.


Derived word:
initiator
noun countable
Word forms "initiator":
singular initiator plural initiators
II UK [ɪˈnɪʃɪət] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "initiate":
singular initiate plural initiates
someone who has recently joined an organization or group and is learning about it

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  • initiate — vb 1 *begin, commence, start, inaugurate Analogous words: *found, establish, organize, institute Antonyms: consummate Contrasted words: effect, fulfill, execute, accomplish, achieve, *perform: *enforce, implement …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Initiate — In*i ti*ate, a. [L. initiatus, p. p.] [1913 Webster] 1. Unpracticed; untried; new. [Obs.] The initiate fear that wants hard use. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • initiate — [i nish′ē āt΄; ] for adj. & n. [ i nish′ē it, i nish′ēāt΄] or, occas. [ i nish′it] vt. initiated, initiating [< L initiatus, pp. of initiare, to enter upon, initiate < initium: see INITIAL] 1. to bring into practice or use; introduce by… …   English World dictionary

  • Initiate — In*i ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Initiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Initiating}.] [L. initiatus, p. p. of initiare to begin, fr. initium beginning. See {Initial}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • initiate — in the sense ‘to instruct (a person) in some piece of knowledge’, has the person as object and not the item of knowledge. You can initiate someone in or into something but you cannot initiate something in or into someone. The correct word for the …   Modern English usage

  • initiate — I verb admit, begin, break ground, bring into use, broach, commence, conceive, direct, discover, enlighten, enter upon, familiarize, found, give entrance to, imbuere, implant, inaugurate, inchoate, incipere, inculculate, indoctrinate, induct,… …   Law dictionary

  • initiate — UK US /ɪˈnɪʃieɪt/ verb [T] FORMAL ► to begin something: »The automaker initiated a programme to improve the recyclability of its automobiles at the end of their useful life. initiate proceedings/an action against sb/sth »The bank initiated legal… …   Financial and business terms

  • initiate — initiate; un·initiate; …   English syllables

  • initiate — [v1] start, introduce admit, begin, break the ice*, come out with, come up with, commence, dream up, enter, get ball rolling*, get feet wet*, get under way, inaugurate, induct, install, instate, institute, intro*, invest, kick off*, launch, make… …   New thesaurus

  • initiate — ► VERB 1) cause (a process or action) to begin. 2) admit with formal ceremony or ritual into a society or group. 3) (initiate into) introduce to (a new activity or skill). ► NOUN ▪ a person who has been initiated. DERIVATIVES initiat …   English terms dictionary

  • Initiate — In*i ti*ate, v. i. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative. [R.] Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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