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Definition of initiate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they initiate
    he / she / it initiates
    past simple initiated
    -ing form initiating
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  1. 1initiate something (formal) to make something begin synonym set/put something in motion to initiate legal proceedings against someone The government has initiated a program of economic reform.
  2. 2initiate somebody (into something) to explain something to someone and/or make them experience it for the first time His uncle initiated him into the pleasures of sailing.
  3. 3initiate somebody (into something) to make someone a member of a particular group, especially as part of a secret ceremony Hundreds are initiated into the sect each year.
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