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



    BrE BrE//ɪˌnɪʃiˈeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˌnɪʃiˈeɪʃn//
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  1. 1the act of somebody becoming a member of a group, often with a special ceremony; the act of introducing somebody to an activity or skill an initiation ceremony initiation into something her initiation into the world of marketing
  2. 2(formal) the act of starting something the initiation of criminal proceedings
  3. Extra examples It was my initiation into the world of high fashion. The gym charges an initiation fee of $125. an initiation ceremony for new members of the organization Her initiation into the world of marketing has not been straightforward. It is generally the police who deal with the initiation of criminal proceedings. There was an established initiation ceremony for new boys.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: initiation