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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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  • They will insist it is not a chili dog, though the uninitiated could be excused for being unable to differentiate.
  • The ritual of spirit possession can be disconcerting to the uninitiated.
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  • Sailing can seem more than a little daunting to the uninitiated.
  • For the uninitiated, the books are multiple-choice narratives in which you are the main character.
  • To the uninitiated, a computer program is inscrutable, illegible.
  • The added value is that the research reports provide evidence to inform the uninitiated and potential for future direction.
  • To the uninitiated, a real, live snapper is a turtle with a fierce bony beak.
  • To the uninitiated, economics has always been a dismal science.
  • To the uninitiated, its basic principles often seem surprising or odd.
British Dictionary definitions for uninitiated

uninitiated

/ˌʌnɪˈnɪʃɪeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
  1. not having gained knowledge or experience of a particular subject or activity
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the uninitiated

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 uninitiated
adj.

1670s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of initiate (v.).

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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