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initiate

adjective (a)

  • Unpracticed; untried; new. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • someone new to a field or activity (noun.person)
    Synonym: beginner, novice, tiro, tyro
    source: wordnet30
  • someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity (noun.group)
    Synonym: enlightened
    Antonym: uninitiate
    Example:
    It is very familiar to the initiate.
    source: wordnet30
  • One who is, or is to be, initiated. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • bring into being (verb.creation)
    Synonym: originate, start
    Example:
    He initiated a new program.
    source: wordnet30
  • take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of (verb.creation)
    Synonym: pioneer
    source: wordnet30
  • accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite (verb.social)
    Synonym: induct
    Example:
    African men are initiated when they reach puberty.
    source: wordnet30
  • bring up a topic for discussion (verb.communication)
    Synonym: broach
    source: wordnet30
  • set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for (verb.change)
    Synonym: lead up
    source: wordnet30
  • To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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