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initiate

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1  —as in:
initiate discussions
Definition to cause (something) to begin
  • The study concluded that women initiate divorce more frequently than men.
initiate = begin the process of
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We are encouraging local authorities to initiate long-term emergency planning.
  • initiate = start
  • The A.G. will most likely initiate an investigation.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • initiate = start
  • I want him to fold me into his arms again, like he did after the last attack, but he doesn't, and I know better than to initiate it.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • initiate = begin
  • On my weekly visits to Dr. Robertson, I never felt forced to talk about anything, but soon found myself initiating the conversation about my past.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • initiating = starting
  • Perhaps if he had been sitting between Fifi and Joanna ... For the third time the loving cup went round; "I drink to the imminence of His Coming," said Morgana Rothschild, whose turn it happened to be to initiate the circular rite.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • initiate = begin
  • Believe me, he is a walking time bomb ... capable of initiating a series of events that will profoundly change the world as you know it.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • initiating = starting
  • Is he simply working the Lover Boy angle he initiated at the interview?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • initiated = started
  • For some reason, the gentle touch of his father's hand felt like it was burning through him like a potent catalyst that was initiating a chemical reaction inside Mal'akh's body.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • This time, I needed to be the initiator.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection

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2  —as in:
initiate into the art of drumming
Definition introduce to an activity or area of knowledge
  • That weekend, she was initiated into the art of fly fishing.
initiated = introduced (did it for the first time)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The author uses the character to initiate his readers to life and norms within an American high-security prison.
  • initiate = introduce
  • For by now, in addition to the workers whom we wanted to initiate into the system [of quickly hiding from the Gestapo], we had three more permanent boarders:
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • initiate = introduce to an activity or area of knowledge
  • Peter initiated me into this long ago.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • initiated = introduced (to an area of knowledge)
  • Miss Blount, a native Maycombian as yet uninitiated in the mysteries of the Decimal System, appeared at the door hands on hips and announced: "If I hear another sound from this room I'll burn up everybody in it."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
uninitiated = not introduced (not understanding)
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in uninitiated means not and reverses the meaning of initiated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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3  —as in:
initiate into the fraternity
Definition to accept someone's membership into an organization — typically in a ceremony — sometimes including a period of instruction and/or test
  • The photo is from the ceremony when she was initiated into the sorority.
initiated = accepted into the group in a special ceremony
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • My mother couldn't attend my Honor Society initiation ceremony.
  • initiation = the process of accepting someone's membership into a group (via a special ceremony)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Masonic initiation rites had remained shrouded in secrecy for centuries.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • initiation = the process of formally accepting someone as a member of a group
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • ...and we will become members if we complete initiation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • initiation = the process of being accepted into an organization
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Well, that was until he called and said all the pledges in the fraternity had to sleep at the frat house for some crazy initiation thing.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • initiation = ceremony to accept someone's membership into an organization
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I got beat worse than this when I got initiated.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • initiated = put through a ceremonial test upon acceptance as a member of an organization
  • But the initiation rite was performed once in three years in Umuofia, and he had to wait for nearly two years for the next round of ceremonies.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • initiation = a procedure or ceremony where someone is admitted into a group
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "Count yourself initiated," she said. "You can't be a true beekeeper without getting stung."
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • initiated = accepted as a member of a group through special procedures
  • They signed up as "trainees" on the spot. We began to meet every night to initiate them.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • initiate = a period of instruction and/or testing required to accept someone's membership into an organization
  • The initiation was to test a guy's courage.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
initiation = the process of accepting someone as a member of a group—perhaps including a period of instruction, a test, and/or a ceremony
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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4  —as in:
She is a new initiate.
Definition someone who has formally started in an organization, or been introduced to or attained some expertise in a particular field
  • Initiates will be formally accepted and presented at the ceremony on Friday.
initiates = new members
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Please fill out the new initiate information form.
  • initiate = someone who has formally started in an organization
  • I feel like I am an initiate again, storming the stairs of the Hub right after the Choosing Ceremony.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • initiate = someone who has formally started procedures to become a member or a group such as training, testing, and a ceremony
  • The thirty-four-year-old initiate gazed down at the human skull cradled in his palms.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • initiate = a new member or an organization
  • We are not called members yet; our decisions today will make us initiates,
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • initiates = people going through a process that leads to formal acceptance into a group
  • As he unfolded it, he realized he was holding a Masonic hoodwink—the traditional blindfold of a first-degree initiate.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • There was a bit of a division between initiates.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Yes, there was a Caleb in my initiate class.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Once I'm armed, I follow Will and the other initiates toward the exit.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • One by one, my fellow initiates climb into the train car in front of us.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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