initiate

[v. ih-nish-ee-eyt; adj., n. ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt]
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; < Latin initiātus past participle of initiāre, equivalent to initi(um) (see initial) + -ātus -ate1

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


1. commence; introduce, inaugurate, open. See begin. 2. teach, instruct, indoctrinate, train.


1. conclude.
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initiate
 
vb
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
 
adj
4.  initiated; begun
 
n
5.  a person who has been initiated, esp recently
6.  a beginner; novice
 
[C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial]

initiator (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪtə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that initiates
2.  chem a substance that starts a chain reaction
3.  chem an explosive used in detonators
 
in'itiatress
 
fem n
 
in'itiatrix
 
fem n

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initiate
"one who has been initiated," 1811, from pp. adj. initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).

initiate
c.1600, from L. initiatus, pp. of initiare, from initium "beginning" (see initial).
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initiator definition


SCSI initiator

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Example sentences
In this case, the initiator of the project is both the client and the project manager.
But even better would be a real initiator, a chemical lighter fluid that deftly encourages atoms to combine.
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