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in·i·ti·ate

 (ĭ-nĭsh′ē-āt′)
tr.v. in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing, in·i·ti·ates
1. To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations. See Synonyms at begin.
2. To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity: initiated the students into the world of opera.
3. To admit (someone) into membership, as with a ritual or ceremony.
adj. (-ĭt)
1. Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority.
2. Introduced to something new, such as a new field of knowledge.
n. (-ĭt)
1. One who is being or has been initiated into an organization.
2. One who has been introduced to or has attained some knowledge in a particular field.

[Latin initiāre, initiāt-, from initium, beginning; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

in·i′ti·a′tor n.

initiate

vb (tr)
1. to begin or originate
2. to accept (new members) into an organization such as a club, through often secret ceremonies
3. to teach fundamentals to: she initiated him into the ballet.
adj
initiated; begun
n
4. a person who has been initiated, esp recently
5. a beginner; novice
[C17: from Latin initiāre (vb), from initium; see initial]

in•i•ti•ate

(v. ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adj., n. -ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing,
adj., n. v.t.
1. to begin, set going, or originate: to initiate major social reforms.
2. to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
3. to admit into the membership of an organization or group, esp. with formal or secret rites.
adj.
4. initiated; begun.
5. admitted into an organizaton or group.
6. introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
n.
7. a person who has been initiated.
[1595–1605; < Latin initiātus, ptp. of initiāre, v. derivative of initium; see initial]
in•i′ti•a`tor, n.
syn: See begin.

initiate


Past participle: initiated
Gerund: initiating

Imperative
initiate
initiate
Present
I initiate
you initiate
he/she/it initiates
we initiate
you initiate
they initiate
Preterite
I initiated
you initiated
he/she/it initiated
we initiated
you initiated
they initiated
Present Continuous
I am initiating
you are initiating
he/she/it is initiating
we are initiating
you are initiating
they are initiating
Present Perfect
I have initiated
you have initiated
he/she/it has initiated
we have initiated
you have initiated
they have initiated
Past Continuous
I was initiating
you were initiating
he/she/it was initiating
we were initiating
you were initiating
they were initiating
Past Perfect
I had initiated
you had initiated
he/she/it had initiated
we had initiated
you had initiated
they had initiated
Future
I will initiate
you will initiate
he/she/it will initiate
we will initiate
you will initiate
they will initiate
Future Perfect
I will have initiated
you will have initiated
he/she/it will have initiated
we will have initiated
you will have initiated
they will have initiated
Future Continuous
I will be initiating
you will be initiating
he/she/it will be initiating
we will be initiating
you will be initiating
they will be initiating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been initiating
you have been initiating
he/she/it has been initiating
we have been initiating
you have been initiating
they have been initiating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been initiating
you will have been initiating
he/she/it will have been initiating
we will have been initiating
you will have been initiating
they will have been initiating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been initiating
you had been initiating
he/she/it had been initiating
we had been initiating
you had been initiating
they had been initiating
Conditional
I would initiate
you would initiate
he/she/it would initiate
we would initiate
you would initiate
they would initiate
Past Conditional
I would have initiated
you would have initiated
he/she/it would have initiated
we would have initiated
you would have initiated
they would have initiated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.initiate - someone new to a field or activityinitiate - someone new to a field or activity  
unskilled person - a person who lacks technical training
abecedarian - a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
apprentice, prentice, learner - works for an expert to learn a trade
cub, greenhorn, rookie - an awkward and inexperienced youth
landlubber, landsman, lubber - an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
fledgeling, fledgling, newbie, newcomer, entrant, freshman, neophyte, starter - any new participant in some activity
tenderfoot - an inexperienced person (especially someone inexperienced in outdoor living)
trainee - someone who is being trained
2.initiate - someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
polymath - a person of great and varied learning
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student - a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
3.initiate - people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activityinitiate - people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
uninitiate - people who have not been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it diverts the attention of the uninitiate"
Verb1.initiate - bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
lead up, initiate - set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
set - apply or start; "set fire to a building"
date back, date from, go back - belong to an earlier time; "This story dates back 200 years"
2.initiate - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
strike up - begin; "strike up a conversation"; "strike up a friendship"
innovate, introduce - bring something new to an environment; "A new word processor was introduced"
activate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip - put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
cause, do, make - give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
institute, establish, found, plant, constitute - set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"
stage, arrange - plan, organize, and carry out (an event); "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"
mount - put up or launch; "mount a campaign against pornography"
undertake, attempt, set about - enter upon an activity or enterprise
machinate, devise, prepare, organise, organize, get up - arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"
3.initiate - accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
let in, admit, include - allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; "admit someone to the profession"; "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"
4.initiate - bring up a topic for discussion
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"
deal, plow, handle, treat, cover, address - act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
5.initiate - set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"
initiate, originate, start - bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

initiate

verb
1. begin, start, open, launch, establish, institute, pioneer, kick off (informal), bring about, embark on, originate, set about, get under way, instigate, kick-start, inaugurate, set in motion, trigger off, lay the foundations of, commence on, set going, break the ice on, set the ball rolling on They wanted to initiate a discussion on economics.
2. introduce, admit, enlist, enrol, launch, establish, invest, recruit, induct, instate She was initiated as a member of the secret society.
noun
1. novice, member, pupil, convert, amateur, newcomer, beginner, trainee, apprentice, entrant, learner, neophyte, tyro, probationer, novitiate, newbie (slang), proselyte He was an initiate of a Chinese spiritual discipline.
initiate someone into something instruct in, train in, coach in, acquaint with, drill in, make aware of, teach about, tutor in, indoctrinate, prime in, familiarize with I was initiated into the darker side of the work.

initiate

verb
2. To admit formally into membership or office, as with ritual:
noun
One who is just starting to learn or do something:
Slang: rookie.
Translations
شَخْص أدخِلَ في جَمْعِيَّهيَبْدأيُدْخِل في جَمْعِيَّه
přijmoutzahájitzasvěcenec
en indvieten optagenindføreindvieiværksætte
tulokas
innvígîur félagiinnvígjakoma af staî
zasvätenec
začeti
başla maküyeliğe kabul etmek/sokmakyeni üye

initiate

A. VT [ɪˈnɪʃɪeɪt]
1. (= begin) → iniciar, dar comienzo a; [+ talks] → entablar; [+ reform] → poner en marcha; [+ fashion] → introducir
to initiate proceedings against sb (Jur) → entablar una demanda contra algn
2. to initiate sb into a societyadmitir a algn en una asociación
to initiate sb into a secretiniciar a algn en un secreto
B. [ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt] Niniciado/a m/f

initiate

[ɪˈnɪʃieɪt]
vt
(= start) [+ process] → initier; [+ talks, discussion, conversation] → entamer, initier
The government has initiated a series of reforms → Le gouvernement a initié une série de réformes.
to initiate proceedings against sb → intenter une action contre qn, engager des poursuites contre qn
to initiate sex → prendre l'initiative des rapports sexuels
[+ person] → initier
to initiate sb into sth [+ religion] → initier qn à qch; [+ activity] → initier qn à qch; [+ society, organization] → admettre qn au sein de qch
He wanted to initiate his son into fishing → Il voulait initier son fils à la pêche.
to be initiated into sth → être initié(e) à qch
to initiate sb into the mysteries of sth → initier qn aux mystères de qch
to initiate sb into the secrets of sth → initier qn aux secrets de qch
[ɪˈnɪʃiət] n (= member) [society, group, club] → initié(e) m/f

initiate

vt
(= set in motion)den Anstoß geben zu, initiieren (geh); negotiationseinleiten; discussioneröffnen; projectin die Wege leiten; legislationeinbringen; to initiate proceedings against somebody (Jur) → gegen jdn einen Prozess anstrengen
(= formally admit) (into club etc) → feierlich aufnehmen; (in tribal society) adolescentsinitiieren
(= instruct: in knowledge, skill) → einweihen; to initiate somebody into somethingjdn in etw (acc)einführen
n (in club etc) → Neuaufgenommene(r) mf; (in tribal society) → Initiierte(r) mf; (in knowledge) → Eingeweihte(r) mf

initiate

[ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt] vt
a. (begin) → iniziare; (talks) → iniziare, avviare; (reform) → promuovere
to initiate proceedings against sb (Law) → intentare causa a or contro qn
b. (admit) to initiate sb (into sth)iniziare qn (a qc)

initial

(iˈniʃəl) adjective
of, or at, the beginning. There were difficulties during the initial stages of building the house.
noun
the letter that begins a word, especially a name. The picture was signed with the initials JJB, standing for John James Brown.
verbpast tense, past participle iˈnitialled
to mark or sign with initials of one's name. Any alteration on a cheque should be initialled.
iˈnitially adverb
at the beginning; at first. This project will cost a lot of money initially but will eventually make a profit.
iˈnitiate (-ʃieit) verb
1. to start (eg a plan, scheme, changes, reforms etc). He initiated a scheme for helping old people with their shopping.
2. to take (a person) into a society etc, especially with secret ceremonies. No-one who had been initiated into the society ever revealed the details of the ceremony.
iˈnitiate (-ʃiət) noun
a person who has been initiated (into a society etc).
iˌnitiˈation (-ʃiˈei-) noun
the act of initiating or process of being initiated.
iˈnitiative (-ʃətiv) noun
1. a first step or move that leads the way. He took the initiative in organizing a search party to look for the girl; A move to start peace talks is sometimes called a peace initiative.
2. the ability to lead or make decisions for oneself. He is quite good at his job, but lacks initiative; My son actually went to the hairdresser's on his own initiative!

initiate

v. iniciar, comenzar, empezar.
References in classic literature ?
But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.
Accustomed to reverence her uncle, Mademoiselle Cormon dared not initiate him into the desires which filled her soul for a change of state.
I shall do whatever they do at Paris, madame, if I have the good fortune to find some one who will initiate me into the prevalent ideas of amusement.
Before Kulan Tith could issue the commands that would initiate the investigation a handsome young officer stepped forward and addressed his jeddak.
Thus adjured, after taking hasty counsel with Good and Sir Henry, I delivered my opinion briefly to the effect that, being trapped, our best chance, especially in view of the failure of our water supply, was to initiate an attack upon Twala's forces.
They knew each other so slightly that the beginning of intimacy, which Katharine seemed to initiate by talking about herself, had something solemn in it, and they were silent, as if to decide whether to proceed or not.
In her hand was a sharp knife and in her mind the determination to initiate his torture without further delay.
The lips of the nearest were raised in an angry snarl that exposed wicked looking fighting fangs, but the beasts did not seem inclined to initiate hostilities, and as they were unarmed and evidently but engaged upon their own affairs Bulan decided to withdraw without arousing them further.
Initiate me into all those mysteries which profane eyes never beheld.
He had thought to pass in without ceremony as being an initiate of Chicago; but there were particular rites in Vermissa of which they were proud, and these had to be undergone by every postulant.
Probably its regular visitants, like the initiates of freemasonry, wished that there were something a little more tremendous to keep to themselves concerning it; but they were not a closed community, and many decent seniors as well as juniors occasionally turned into the billiard-room to see what was going on.
In that case it really marks the beginning of the success of the side which is to be victorious at the end (in Tragedy the side opposed to the hero) and it initiates (5) a Falling Action, corresponding to the Rising Action, and sometimes of much the same length, wherein the losing side struggles to maintain itself.