Pronunciation: /iˈniSHēˌāt /[with object]
- 1Cause (a process or action) to begin: he proposes to initiate discussions on planning proceduresMore example sentences
- The process begins with initiating the microscopic process under study.
- The report proposed that the authority initiate a procurement process to enable anyone to put forward any technologies for waste disposal.
- In 1999 the former Northern Municipality Local Council began to initiate development.
- 2Admit (someone) into a secret or obscure society or group, typically with a ritual: she had been formally initiated into the sororityMore example sentences
- It was like being initiated into some secret society being taken to it.
- Rennie, whose grandfather and father were both members, was initiated into the society when he was just 15.
- She had been initiated into the secrets at the age of sixteen and told of their goals and their reason for existence.
- 2.1 (as plural noun the initiated) A small group of people who share obscure knowledge: he flies over an airway marker beacon, known as a “fix” to the initiatedMore example sentences
- They introduce rules of engagement and silly words to enhance a sense of self-importance among the initiated.
- They are a mark of respect and accomplishment, which only the initiated truly appreciate.
- The rules are simple to the initiated, mind-boggling to the novice.
- 2.2 (initiate someone in/into) Introduce someone to (a particular activity or skill), especially a difficult or obscure one: they were initiated into the mysteries of trigonometryMore example sentences
teach about, instruct in, tutor in, school in, prime in, ground in; familiarize with, acquaint with; indoctrinate• informal show someone the ropes in/within
- As they become better acquainted, Snow Flower initiates Lily into a system of code-writing used solely between women.
- I had been working as an overseer of cattle for a few weeks and had spent the last few days initiating her into her new role.
- It was he who initiated Bensemann into the dark art of English dancing.
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- A person who has been initiated into an organization or activity, typically recently: initiates of the Shiva cult [as modifier]: the initiate MarinesMore example sentences
- I had a conversation with a student on my campus who was a recent initiate of an organization.
- Its second task, in short, is to make activists of baptismal initiates.
- For centuries these paintings were reserved for sacred ceremonies and the eyes of the initiates and participants only.
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- Before explaining some of the events that I witnessed and participated in while in this performance space I would like to return and examine the temporal states of this initiatory experience.
- You need to take certain oaths, read prescribed texts, pass tests, and undergo initiatory rites.
- In that great initiatory arc of my life, I stood, in a wedding reception line facing the great archetypal losses: death of a loved one, end of an affair, and passage from youth to - what?
mid 16th century ( sense 2 of the verb): from Latin initiat- 'begun', from the verb initiare, from initium 'beginning'.