initiate[i nis̸h′ē āt′; for adj. & n. i nis̸h′ē it, -āt′or, occas. i nis̸h′it]
- The definition of initiate is to cause something to begin or to introduce someone to some subject, topic or group.
- 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.
transitive verbinitiated, initiating
- 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 of initiate; from Classical Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare, to enter upon, initiate ; from initium: see initial
- Archaic just begun
transitive verbin·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: initiated the students into the world of opera.
- To admit (someone) into membership, as with a ritual or ceremony.
- Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority.
- Introduced to something new, such as a new field of knowledge.
- One who is being or has been initiated into an organization.
- One who has been introduced to or has attained some knowledge in a particular field.
Origin of initiateLatin initiāre, initiāt-, from initium, beginning; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present initiates, present participle initiating, simple past and past participle initiated)
(comparative more initiate, superlative most initiate)
- (obsolete) Unpractised; untried; new.
- (obsolete) Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted.
From Late Latin initiātus, perfect passive participle of initiō (“begin, originate”), from initium (“a beginning”), from ineō (“go in, enter upon, begin”), from in + eō (“go”).