The definition of initiate is to cause something to begin or to introduce someone to some subject, topic or group.verb
- When you begin a discussion on solving a crisis, this is an example of a situation where you initiate a discussion.
- When you introduce someone to the subject of photography, this is an example of a situation where you initiate them into the world of photography.
- to bring into practice or use; introduce by first doing or using; start: to initiate a new course of studies
- to teach the fundamentals of some subject to; help to begin doing something: to initiate someone into the game of chess
- to admit as a member into a fraternity, club, etc., esp. with a special or secret ceremony
Origin: < L initiatus, pp. of initiare, to enter upon, initiate < initium: see initial
- Archaic just begun
- initiator noun
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transitive verb in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing, in·i·ti·ates
- To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations. See Synonyms at begin.
- To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity.
- To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual.
- Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority.
- a. Instructed in esoteric knowledge.b. Introduced to something new.
- One who is being or has been initiated.
- One who has been introduced to or has attained knowledge in a particular field.
Origin: Latin initiāre, initiāt-, from initium, beginning; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
- in·iˈti·aˌtor noun