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Translation of initiate in Spanish:

transitive verb

American English: /ɪˈnɪʃiˌeɪt/
British English: /ɪˈnɪʃɪeɪt/
  • 1 (start) [formal]
    iniciar [formal]
    dar comienzo a [formal]
    poner en marcha
    (fashion/new concept)
    to initiate proceedings against somebody
    entablarle juicio a alguien
    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.
  • 2 (admit, introduce)to initiate somebody (into something)
    iniciar a alguien (en algo)
    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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.


American English: /ɪˈnɪʃiət/
British English: /ɪˈnɪʃɪət/
  • iniciado, (-da) (masculine, feminine)
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