Synonyms of initiate in English:

initiate

verb

  • 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; originate, pioneer
    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; convert
    [Antonyms] expel
  • 3 they were initiated into the mysteries of mathematics
    teach about, instruct in, coach in, tutor in, school in, train in, drill in, prime in, ground in, familiarize with, acquaint with, make conversant with, make aware of; indoctrinate, inculcate
    informal break someone in, show someone the ropes
  • noun

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  • an initiate in the cult of an Egyptian god
    novice, starter, beginner, newcomer; learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationer; new boy, new girl, new recruit, raw recruit, recruit, tyro, neophyte; member; Christianitypostulant, novitiate
    North American informal greenhorn
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