|1.||To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon.|
|2.||To acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce.|
Providence would only initiate mankind into the useful knowledge of her treasures, leaving the rest to employ our industry.
|3.||To introduce into a society or organization; to confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies.|
The Athenians believed that he who was initiated and instructed in the mysteries would obtain celestial honor after death.
|v. i.||1.||To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.|
|1.||Unpracticed; untried; new.|
|2.||Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted.|
|n.||1.||One who is, or is to be, initiated.|
|Noun||1.||initiate - someone new to a field or activity|
|2.||initiate - someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field|
|3.||initiate - people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"|
uninitiate - people who have not been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it diverts the attention of the uninitiate"
|Verb||1.||initiate - bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"|
|2.||initiate - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"|
|3.||initiate - accept young people into society, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"|
|4.||initiate - bring up a topic for discussion|
|5.||initiate - prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War Two"|
Synonyms: lead up
INITIATE. A right which is incomplete. By the birth of a child, the husband becomes tenant by the curtesy initiate, but his estate is not consummate until the death of the wife. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1725.Greek, abecedarian, accept, accomplished, activate, actuate, admit, affiliate, alphabetarian, apprentice, articled clerk, associate, at concert pitch, begin, beginner, belonger, boot, break ground, break the ice, bring up, broach, brother, card-carrier, card-carrying member, cardholder, career, catechumen, charter member, christen, clubber, clubman, clubwoman, coach, coached, committeeman, comrade, conventioneer, conventioner, conventionist, conversant, create, debutant, drill, dues-paying member, enlist, enlistee, enroll, enrollee, enter on, enter upon, entrant, establish, fellow, finished, fledgling, float, found, fraternity man, freshman, get going, get off, get under way, give rise to, greenhorn, guildsman, head, head up, honorary member, ignoramus, induct, inductee, initiated, insider, install, instate, instigate, instruct, introduce, invent, invest, joiner, kick off, launch, lead, lead off, lead the way, life member, lift up, member, neophyte, new boy, newcomer, novice, novitiate, one of us, ordain, pioneer, pledge, postulant, practiced, pre-educate, precede, prepared, primed, probationer, probationist, professional, raise, raw recruit, recruit, ring in, rookie, set agoing, set going, set in motion, set off, set on foot, set up, sign on, sign up, sister, skilled, socius, sorority girl, sorority woman, stand first, start going, start up, take in, take the initiative, take the lead, take the plunge, take up, teach, technical, tenderfoot, train, trained, trigger, turn on, tutor, tyro, usher in