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initiation Syllabification: in·i·ti·a·tion
Pronunciation: /iˌniSHēˈāSH(ə)n/

Definition of initiation in English:


1The action of admitting someone into a secret or obscure society or group, typically with a ritual: rituals of initiation [as modifier]: an initiation ceremony
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  • He urged the society to enhance its initiation ceremonies.
  • It was also the occasion for young men's initiation rites.
  • I entered into what I consider to be one of the most serious oaths in my life on the night of my first initiation.
beginning, starting, commencement;
institution, inauguration, launch, opening, instigation, actuation, origination, devising, inception;
establishment, setting up
informal kickoff
induction, introduction, admission, admittance, installation, incorporation, ordination, investiture, enlistment, enrollment, recruitment;
1.1The introduction of someone to a particular activity or skill: his initiation into the world of martial arts
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  • In Peru, access to condoms is limited and sexual initiation begins early.
  • Similar to the findings of Small and Luster, factors from each system emerged as significant predictors of age at sexual initiation.
  • To illustrate, the heavy consumption of tobacco use in West Virginia, along with early initiation, clearly has an impact on the state's health care costs.
2The action of beginning something: the initiation of criminal proceedings
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  • The most recent development in academic programs has been the initiation of the PhD-granting program in Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • In such cases, the government is simply doing its entirely proper, strictly limited job of protecting individual rights from the initiation of physical force.
  • The initiation of a review is the responsibility of the administrator's supervisor, who shall tailor the review to the unique aspects of the position.
admit, induct, install, incorporate, enlist, enroll, recruit, sign up, swear in;
ordain, invest

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