Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations. See Synonyms at begin.
  • transitive v. To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity.
  • transitive v. To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual.
  • adj. Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority.
  • adj. Instructed in esoteric knowledge.
  • adj. Introduced to something new.
  • n. One who is being or has been initiated.
  • n. One who has been introduced to or has attained knowledge in a particular field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A new member of an organization.
  • n. One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.
  • v. To begin; to start.
  • v. To instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce.
  • v. To confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unpracticed; untried; new.
  • adj. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted.
  • n. One who is, or is to be, initiated.
  • intransitive v. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.
  • transitive v. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon.
  • transitive v. To acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce.
  • transitive v. To introduce into a society or organization; to confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To begin or enter upon; make a beginning of; introduce; set going or on foot.
  • To introduce by preliminary instruction or forms; guide primarily; admit formally; induct: as, to initiate a person into an art, or into a society.
  • To do the first act; perform the first rite; take the initiative.
  • Pertaining or incident to the beginning or introduction; initial or initiatory.
  • Initiated; commencing; introduced to knowledge; prepared for instruction.
  • n. One who is initiated; specifically, one who has been admitted to a knowledge of or participation in secret doctrines, mystic rites, or the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
  • v. bring up a topic for discussion
  • v. accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
  • n. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
  • n. someone new to a field or activity
  • v. bring into being
  • n. people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
  • v. take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin initiāre, initiāt-, from initium, beginning; see ei- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin initiātus, perfect passive participle of initiō ("begin, originate"), from initium ("a beginning"), from ineō ("go in, enter upon, begin"), from in +  ("go").

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.