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Meaning & Definition of Initiate in English

English

Initiate

/ɪnɪʃiet/

noun

1. Someone new to a field or activity

    synonym:
  • novice
  • ,
  • beginner
  • ,
  • tyro
  • ,
  • tiro
  • ,
  • initiate

2. Someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

    synonym:
  • initiate
  • ,
  • learned person
  • ,
  • pundit
  • ,
  • savant

3. People who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

  • "It is very familiar to the initiate"
    synonym:
  • initiate
  • ,
  • enlightened

verb

1. Bring into being

  • "He initiated a new program"
  • "Start a foundation"
    synonym:
  • originate
  • ,
  • initiate
  • ,
  • start

2. Take the lead or initiative in

  • Participate in the development of
  • "This south african surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
    synonym:
  • initiate
  • ,
  • pioneer

3. Accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite

  • "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
    synonym:
  • initiate
  • ,
  • induct

4. Bring up a topic for discussion

    synonym:
  • broach
  • ,
  • initiate

5. Set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

  • "Hitler's attack on poland led up to world war ii"
    synonym:
  • lead up
  • ,
  • initiate