Initiate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈnɪʃieɪt|  American pronunciation of the word initiate
Brit.  |ɪˈnɪʃieɪt|  British pronunciation of the word initiate
- someone new to a field or activity (syn: beginner, novice, tiro, tyro)
- someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field (syn: pundit, savant)
- people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity (syn: enlightened)
- bring into being (syn: originate, start)
- take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of (syn: pioneer)
- accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite (syn: induct)
- bring up a topic for discussion (syn: broach)
- set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for (syn: lead up)


Doctors have initiated a series of tests to determine the cause of the problem.

The company initiated judicial proceedings against them.

The new recruits will be initiated tomorrow night.

He was initiated into a secret society.

These secrets are known only to a small group of initiates.

The order was known for its strange ceremony of initiating new members into the society.

They have decided to initiate legal proceedings against the newspaper.

Intellectuals have initiated a debate on terrorism.

Those kids were initiated into heroin use at a young age.

At the age of thirteen the boys in the tribe are initiated into manhood.

Who was the first woman to initiate you into the mysteries of sex?

it is very familiar to the initiate

He initiated a new program

African men are initiated when they reach puberty

...the civil unrest has led the company to initiate a pullout of its operations in the region...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: initiate
he/she/it: initiates
present participle: initiating
past tense: initiated
past participle: initiated
singular: initiate
plural: initiates
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