Julie ended up using her crying episode to initiate a dialogue within her department.
It might initiate confidence-building measures or suggest new areas for useful cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
On the phone, you might ask for a six-pack of coke to initiate a purchase.
"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).
c.1600, "introduce to some practice or system," also "begin, set going," from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare "to begin, originate," from initium "beginning" (see initial). In some senses a back-formation from initiation. Related: Initiated; initiates; initiating; initiator.