Definition of Initiate

1. Verb. Bring into being. "Start a foundation"

Exact synonyms: Originate, Start
Specialized synonyms: Lead Up, Set, Date Back, Date From, Go Back
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Derivative terms: Initiation, Initiation, Initiative, Initiatory, Origin, Origination, Originative, Originator, Start, Start, Start, Starter
Also: Originate In

2. Noun. Someone new to a field or activity.

3. Verb. Take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of. "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

4. Noun. Someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field.
Exact synonyms: Learned Person, Pundit, Savant
Specialized synonyms: Polymath
Generic synonyms: Bookman, Scholar, Scholarly Person, Student

5. Verb. Accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite. "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
Exact synonyms: Induct
Generic synonyms: Admit, Include, Let In
Derivative terms: Inductee, Induction, Initiation

6. Noun. People who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity. "It is very familiar to the initiate"
Exact synonyms: Enlightened
Generic synonyms: People
Derivative terms: Enlightened
Antonyms: Uninitiate

7. Verb. Bring up a topic for discussion.
Exact synonyms: Broach
Generic synonyms: Discuss, Hash Out, Talk Over
Specialized synonyms: Address, Cover, Deal, Handle, Plow, Treat

8. Verb. Set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for. "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"
Exact synonyms: Lead Up
Generic synonyms: Originate, Start
Derivative terms: Initiation, Initiative

Definition of Initiate

1. v. t. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon.

2. v. i. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.

3. a. Unpracticed; untried; new.

4. n. One who is, or is to be, initiated.

Definition of Initiate

1. Noun. A new member of an organization. ¹

2. Noun. One who has been through a ceremony of initiation. ¹

3. Verb. To begin, to start, to introduce. ¹

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Definition of Initiate

1. to originate [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES] - See also: originate

Lexicographical Neighbors of Initiate

initiate (current term)
initiating codon
initiation ceremonies
initiation ceremony
initiation codon
initiation complex
initiation factor
initiation factors
initiation tRNA

Literary usage of Initiate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Marriage, Divorce, Separation, and Domestic Relations by James Schouler, Arthur Walker Blakemore (1921)
"Birth of Issue, Curtesy initiate. Upon the birth of the child of a marriage alive, tenancy in the husband's right to curtesy is said to be initiate, ..."

2. The Rights and Liabilities of Husband and Wife by John Fraser Macqueen (1905)
"Tenancy by the curtesy initiate, though thus called into being by the birth of issue capable of inheriting, is not liable to be determined by the death of ..."

3. The Law of Real Property and Other Interests in Land by Herbert Thorndike Tiffany (1903)
"Curtesy initiate. Upon the birth of issue capable of inheriting, the husband is said to be tenant by the curtesy initiate, and he becomes tenant by the ..."

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