- 1initiate something (formal) to make something begin synonym set in motion to initiate legal proceedings against somebody The government has initiated a programme of economic reform.
- 2initiate somebody (into something) to explain something to somebody and/or make them experience it for the first time Many of them had been initiated into drug use at an early age. His uncle initiated him into the pleasures of sailing.
- 3initiate somebody (into something) to make somebody a member of a particular group, especially as part of a secret ceremony Hundreds are initiated into the sect each year. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in sense (3)): from Latin initiat-
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BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they initiate
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪt//he / she / it initiates
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪts//past simple initiated
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪtɪd//past participle initiated
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪtɪd//-ing form initiating
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃieɪtɪŋ//