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Definition of "initiate" []

  • To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations. See Synonyms at begin. (verb-transitive)
  • To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity. (verb-transitive)
  • To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual. (verb-transitive)
  • Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority. (adjective)
  • Instructed in esoteric knowledge. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "initiate" in a sentence
  • "Facinelli's latest initiate is Kat Dennings, who we revealed yesterday has just joined the cast of "Thor.""
  • "On Friday, all 41 Republican senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, asking that the current version of the legislation be set aside and that Democrats again initiate bipartisan negotiations with the Republicans."
  • "Maybe she thinks a third war for the US to initiate is a proper course of action?"