initiate

  • 1 initiate — vb 1 *begin, commence, start, inaugurate Analogous words: *found, establish, organize, institute Antonyms: consummate Contrasted words: effect, fulfill, execute, accomplish, achieve, *perform: *enforce, implement …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Initiate — In*i ti*ate, a. [L. initiatus, p. p.] [1913 Webster] 1. Unpracticed; untried; new. [Obs.] The initiate fear that wants hard use. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 initiate — [i nish′ē āt΄; ] for adj. & n. [ i nish′ē it, i nish′ēāt΄] or, occas. [ i nish′it] vt. initiated, initiating [< L initiatus, pp. of initiare, to enter upon, initiate < initium: see INITIAL] 1. to bring into practice or use; introduce by… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Initiate — In*i ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Initiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Initiating}.] [L. initiatus, p. p. of initiare to begin, fr. initium beginning. See {Initial}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 initiate — in the sense ‘to instruct (a person) in some piece of knowledge’, has the person as object and not the item of knowledge. You can initiate someone in or into something but you cannot initiate something in or into someone. The correct word for the …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 initiate — I verb admit, begin, break ground, bring into use, broach, commence, conceive, direct, discover, enlighten, enter upon, familiarize, found, give entrance to, imbuere, implant, inaugurate, inchoate, incipere, inculculate, indoctrinate, induct,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 initiate — UK US /ɪˈnɪʃieɪt/ verb [T] FORMAL ► to begin something: »The automaker initiated a programme to improve the recyclability of its automobiles at the end of their useful life. initiate proceedings/an action against sb/sth »The bank initiated legal… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 8 initiate — initiate; un·initiate; …

    English syllables

  • 9 initiate — [v1] start, introduce admit, begin, break the ice*, come out with, come up with, commence, dream up, enter, get ball rolling*, get feet wet*, get under way, inaugurate, induct, install, instate, institute, intro*, invest, kick off*, launch, make… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 initiate — ► VERB 1) cause (a process or action) to begin. 2) admit with formal ceremony or ritual into a society or group. 3) (initiate into) introduce to (a new activity or skill). ► NOUN ▪ a person who has been initiated. DERIVATIVES initiat …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Initiate — In*i ti*ate, v. i. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative. [R.] Pope. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 12 Initiate — In*i ti*ate, n. One who is, or is to be, initiated. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 13 initiate — I UK [ɪˈnɪʃɪeɪt] / US [ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms initiate : present tense I/you/we/they initiate he/she/it initiates present participle initiating past tense initiated past participle initiated ** 1) a) formal to make something… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 initiate — in|i|ti|ate1 [ ı nıʃi,eıt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) FORMAL to make something start: The company initiated a management training program for small businesses. We shall initiate urgent discussions with our European partners. a ) LEGAL to start a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 initiate — {{11}}initiate (n.) one who has been initiated, 1811, from pp. adj. initiate (c.1600); see INITIATE (Cf. initiate) (v.). {{12}}initiate (v.) c.1600, introduce to some practice or system, also begin, set going, from L. initiatus, pp. of initiare… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 16 initiate — initiates, initiating, initiated (The verb is pronounced [[t]ɪnɪ̱ʃieɪt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]ɪnɪ̱ʃiət[/t]].) 1) VERB If you initiate something, you start it or cause it to happen. [V n] They wanted to initiate a discussion on economics …

    English dictionary

  • 17 initiate — v. (d; tr.) to initiate into (to initiate students into the mysteries of linguistics) * * * [ɪ nɪʃɪeɪt] (d;tr.) to initiate into (to initiate students into the mysteries of linguistics) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 initiate — i|ni|ti|ate1 [ıˈnıʃieıt] v [T] 1.) formal to arrange for something important to start, such as an official process or a new plan ▪ They have decided to initiate legal proceedings against the newspaper. ▪ Intellectuals have initiated a debate on… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 initiate — I. transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Late Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare, from Latin, to induct, from initium Date: 1533 1. to cause or facilitate the beginning of ; set going < initiate a program of reform > < enzymes that… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 initiate — initiator, n. v. /i nish ee ayt /; adj., n. /i nish ee it, ayt /, v., initiated, initiating, 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… …

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