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initiate

[v. ih-nish-ee-eyt; adj., n. ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt] /v. ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adj., n. ɪˈnɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), initiated, initiating.
1.
to begin, set going, or originate:
to initiate major social reforms.
2.
to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
3.
to admit or accept with formal rites into an organization or group, secret knowledge, adult society, etc.
4.
to propose (a measure) by initiative procedure:
to initiate a constitutional amendment.
adjective
5.
initiated; begun.
6.
admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
7.
introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
noun
8.
a person who has been initiated.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin initiātus past participle of initiāre, equivalent to initi(um) (see initial) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
initiator, noun
noninitiate, noun
preinitiate, verb (used with object), preinitiated, preinitiating.
preinitiate, noun
quasi-initiated, adjective
reinitiate, verb (used with object), reinitiated, reinitiating.
uninitiate, adjective
uninitiated, adjective
well-initiated, adjective
Synonyms
1. commence; introduce, inaugurate, open. See begin. 2. teach, instruct, indoctrinate, train.
Antonyms
1. conclude.
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British Dictionary definitions for initiate

initiate

verb (transitive) (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt)
1.
to begin or originate
2.
to accept (new members) into an organization such as a club, through often secret ceremonies
3.
to teach fundamentals to: she initiated him into the ballet
adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
4.
initiated; begun
noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
5.
a person who has been initiated, esp recently
6.
a beginner; novice
Word Origin
C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial
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Word Origin and History for initiate
n.

"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).

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.

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