November 26, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
initiate ˈnɪʃiˌeɪt/ verb
initiate
ˈnɪʃiˌeɪt/
verb

initiates; initiated; initiating

The new marine recruits will be initiated tomorrow night.
The new marine recruits will be initiated tomorrow night.
Learner's definition of INITIATE

[+ object]

1 formal : to cause the beginning of (something) : to start or begin (something)

  • initiate a new project

  • Doctors have initiated a series of tests to determine the cause of the problem.

  • The company initiated judicial proceedings against them.

2 : to formally accept (someone) as a member of a group or organization usually in a special ceremony

  • The new recruits will be initiated tomorrow night.

  • He was initiated into a secret society.

3 : to teach (someone) the basic facts or ideas about something — usually + into

  • They initiated her into the ways of the corporate world.

initiator /ɪˈnɪʃiˌeɪtɚ/ noun, plural initiators [count]

  • the initiator of the project

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