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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 of initiate
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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  • He does not of purpose initiate them any more than he initiates breathing or heart-beat.

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
  • Its sole connection with Masonry is that it only initiates Masons.

    Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite
  • In the "Umbrae Idearum" he initiates the work of reconstruction, giving colour to his thought and sketching his idea.

  • In the first instance it was the transfer of a great Lodge of initiates.

  • Yet it does not wrap its initiates in a selfish and otherworldly calm, isolate them from the pain and effort of the common life.

    Practical Mysticism Evelyn Underhill
  • The nurse and the priest are initiates of the same knowledge.

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  • The "initiates' road," the leader had said, and the conviction was steady in his mind that he faced some test of alien devising.

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British Dictionary definitions for initiates

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 initiates

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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