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  Definition of initiate
  1. people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"
  2. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
  3. someone new to a field or activity
  4. prepare the way for; "Hitler''s attack on Poland led up to World War Two"
  5. bring up a topic for discussion
  6. bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
  7. take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
  8. accept young people into society, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
Similar Words: enlightened, learned person, pundit, savant, novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, lead up, broach, originate, start, pioneer, induct

 

See Also: originate in

 

Hyponyms: polymath, abecedarian, apprentice, learner, prentice, cub, greenhorn, rookie, landlubber, lubber, landsman, newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant, tenderfoot, trainee, cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address, lead up, set, go back, date back, date from, strike up, introduce, innovate, trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off, establish, found, plant, constitute, institute, stage, bring about, arrange, mount, undertake, set about, attempt, organize, organise, prepare, devise, get up, machinate

 

Derivational Morphology: induct, get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence, trigger, induction, initiation, beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset, newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration, origin, inception, originator, conceiver, mastermind, pioneer, innovator, trailblazer, groundbreaker, instigator, initiator, installation, inductee, novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, learned person, pundit, savant, enlightened

 

 
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