Definitions for: Initiate

[n] people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"
[n] someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
[n] someone new to a field or activity
[adj] having been introduced to something new
[v] prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War Two"
[v] bring up a topic for discussion
[v] bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"
[v] take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
[v] accept young people into society, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*i"ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Initiated; p. pr.
& vb. n. Initiating.] [L. initiatus, p. p. of initiare to
begin, fr. initium beginning. See Initial.]
1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to
set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter

How are changes of this sort to be initiated? --I.

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. --Dr. H. More.

To initiate his pupil into any part of learning, an
ordinary skill in the governor is enough. --Locke.

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. --Bp.

He was initiated into half a dozen clubs before he
was one and twenty. --Spectator.

In*i"ti*ate, v. i.
To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the
initiative. [R.] --Pope.

In*i"ti*ate, a. [L. initiatus, p. p.]
1. Unpracticed; untried; new. [Obs.] ``The initiate fear that
wants hard use.'' --Shak.

2. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the
rudiments; newly admitted.

To rise in science as in bliss, Initiate in the
secrets of the skies. --Young.

Initiate tenant by courtesy (Law), said of a husband who
becomes such in his wife's estate of inheritance by the
birth of a child, but whose estate is not consummated till
the death of the wife. --Mozley & W.

In*i"ti*ate, n.
One who is, or is to be, initiated.

Synonyms: beginner, broach, enlightened, experienced, induct, initiated, lead up, learned person, novice, originate, pioneer, pundit, savant, start, tiro, tyro

Antonyms: uninitiate

See Also: abecedarian, activate, actuate, address, admit, apprentice, arrange, attempt, bring about, cause, constitute, cover, create, cub, date back, date from, deal, devise, discuss, do, entrant, establish, fledgeling, fledgling, found, freshman, get up, go back, greenhorn, handle, include, initiate, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, landlubber, landsman, launch, lead up, learner, let in, lubber, machinate, make, mount, neophyte, newcomer, organise, organize, originate, originate in, people, plant, plow, polymath, prentice, prepare, rookie, scholar, scholarly person, set, set about, set off, spark, spark off, stage, start, starter, strike up, student, talk over, tenderfoot, touch off, trainee, treat, trigger, trigger off, trip, undertake, unskilled person

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