Synonyms of initiate in English:



  • 1 the government has initiated an extensive programme
    begin, start off, commence, take action on, usher in;
    institute, inaugurate, put in place, launch, open, instigate, bring about, get under way, set in motion, trigger off, actuate;
    establish, set up, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, lay the cornerstone of, sow the seeds of, start the ball rolling;
    informal get cracking on, get going on, kick off
    [Antonyms] complete, finish
  • 2 he had been newly initiated into a cult
    introduce, admit, let, induct, install, instate, incorporate, ordain, invest, enlist, enrol, recruit, sign up, swear in;
    [Antonyms] expel
  • 3 they were initiated into the mysteries of mathematics
    indoctrinate, inculcate
    informal break someone in, show someone the ropes
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  • an initiate in the cult of an Egyptian god
    novice, starter, beginner, newcomer;
    new boy, new girl, new recruit, raw recruit, recruit, tyro, neophyte;
    Christianity postulant, novitiate
    North American informal greenhorn
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