initiate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleinitiating
past tenseinitiated
past participleinitiated
  1. 1
    formal to make something start

    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.

  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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noun [countable]
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