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verb [transitive] initiate pronunciation in British English /ɪˈnɪʃieɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinitiate
he/she/itinitiates
present participleinitiating
past tenseinitiated
past participleinitiated

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  1. 1
    formal to make something start
    The company initiated a management training programme for small businesses.
    We shall initiate urgent discussions with our European partners.
    1. a.
      legal to start a legal case or process
      The Act allows children, for the first time, to initiate proceedings.
  2. 2
    to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it
    initiate someone into something: Nicky was initiated into a world of robbery and violence.
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  3. 3
    to make someone a member of an organization or group, often with a special ceremony
    initiate someone into something: At the age of 30 they were initiated into the higher ranks of the movement.

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initiator

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