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

      

    initiate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in sense (3)): from Latin initiat- ‘begun’, from the verb initiare, from initium ‘beginning’.Extra examples Anyone has the right to initiate legislation in Parliament by means of a private bill. Bacteria then enters the wound and initiates infection. He initiated a national debate on reform. The organization may initiate legal action against you.
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