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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
initiate (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to cause or facilitate the beginning of set going - initiate a program of reform enzymes that initiate fermentation
2.
to induct into membership by or as if by special rites
3.
to instruct in the rudiments or principles of something - introduce begin
initiate (adjective)
1.
a) or properly admitted (as to membership or an office) - initiated
b) instructed in some secret knowledge
2.
obsolete relating to an initiate
initiate (noun)
1.
a person who is undergoing or has undergone an - initiation
2.
a person who is instructed or adept in some special field
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
initiate (verb)
1.
to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of
SYNONIMS:
begin, constitute, establish, inaugurate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, plant, set up, start
RELATED WORDS:
author, father, originate; conceive, concoct, contrive, cook (up), create, devise, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, produce, think (up); construct, put up; develop, enlarge, expand; endow, finance, fund, subsidize; arrange, organize, systematize, systemize; refound, reinitiate, reinstitute, relaunch
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abolish, annihilate, annul, nullify; end, finish, halt, stop, terminate; round (off out), wind up, wrap up
close (down), phase out, shut (up)
initiate (verb)
2.
to impart knowledge of a new thing or situation to
SYNONIMS:
accustom, familiarize, initiate, introduce, orient, orientate
RELATED WORDS:
habituate, wont; apprise, brief, clue (in), fill in, inform; educate, enlighten, ground, instruct, school, train, verse; expose, present, subject; advise, tell, tip (off), warn, wise (up); reacquaint
initiate (verb)
3.
to put into an office or welcome into an organization with special ceremonies
SYNONIMS:
baptize, inaugurate, induct, initiate, instate, invest, seat
RELATED WORDS:
swear in; consecrate, enshrine; accept, admit, receive, take in; enlist, enroll ( enrol)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
can, discharge, fire, terminate; muster out
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