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  1. in·i·ti·ate
  2. verb

    • 1. cause (a process or action) to begin:

      he proposes to initiate discussions on planning procedures
      Synonym : begin, start off, commence, take action on, usher in, institute, inaugurate, put in place, launch, open, instigate, bring about, get under way, set in motion, trigger off, actuate, establish, set up, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, lay the cornerstone of, sow the seeds of, start the ball rolling, originate, pioneer, get cracking on, get going on, kick off
    • 2. admit (someone) into a secret or obscure society or group, typically with a ritual:

      she had been formally initiated into the sorority
    • 3. introduce someone to (a particular activity or skill, especially a difficult or obscure one):

      they were initiated into the mysteries of trigonometry
      Synonym : teach about, instruct in, coach in, tutor in, school in, train in, drill in, prime in, ground in, familiarize with, acquaint with, make conversant with, make aware of, indoctrinate, inculcate, break someone in, show someone the ropes

    noun

    • 1. a person who has been initiated into an organization or activity, typically recently:

      initiates of the Shiva cult
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: initiate, 3rd person present: initiates, gerund or present participle: initiating, past tense: initiated, past participle: initiated

    • verb

      cause (a process or action) to begin:

      admit (someone) into a secret or obscure society or group, typically with a ritual:

    • noun

      a person who has been initiated into an organization or activity:
    • plural

      a small group of people who share obscure knowledge:
    • plural

      a small group of people who share obscure knowledge:
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