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Definition of initiate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃiət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃiət//
 
a person who has been allowed to join a particular group, organization, or religion and is learning its rules and secrets
Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in sense (3)): from Latin initiat- ‘begun’, from the verb initiare, from initium ‘beginning’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: initiate

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